George Classen

George Classen, German Artist

4 AUGUST, 1942 – 19 MAY, 2020

BIOGRAPHY

George Classen was born in 1942 in Berlin, Germany. He was an early devotee of Albrecht Duerer. At the age of seven, he started his first graphic exercises by copying the famous engravings of the old German Master from Nuremberg. It did not take him long, though, to indulge in his very own imaginative ideas. He was inspired by the brilliant artworks of Picasso, Klimt and other masters of that time. He was careful not to copy them, but to transform the inspiring impact into his own unique style. At the age of thirteen, he discovered his second passion: classical music. From thereon music continued to dominate his search for perfection in the visual arts. His obsession with music is well reflected in his very individualistic approach to the structure of his visual compositions.

George Classen left West-Berlin for Frankfurt in pursuit of a family-supporting profession with an American airline. However, he never abandoned his primary goal: to serve the fine arts.

In the late seventies, Exhibitions in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich encouraged George to exclusively dedicate his time and talent to painting.

George Classen, German Artist

4 AUGUST, 1942 – 19 MAY, 2020

BIOGRAPHY

George Classen was born in 1942 in Berlin, Germany. He was an early devotee of Albrecht Duerer. At the age of seven, he started his first graphic exercises by copying the famous engravings of the old German Master from Nuremberg. It did not take him long, though, to indulge in his very own imaginative ideas. He was inspired by the brilliant artworks of Picasso, Klimt and other masters of that time. He was careful not to copy them, but to transform the inspiring impact into his own unique style. At the age of thirteen, he discovered his second passion: classical music. From thereon music continued to dominate his search for perfection in the visual arts. His obsession with music is well reflected in his very individualistic approach to the structure of his visual compositions.

George Classen left West-Berlin for Frankfurt in pursuit of a family-supporting profession with an American airline. However, he never abandoned his primary goal: to serve the fine arts.

In the late seventies, Exhibitions in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich encouraged George to exclusively dedicate his time and talent to painting.

His wife and most trusted critic, Eva, encouraged him to seek out new impulses, motivations and inspirations. In 1979, their honeymoon led them to Canada where Eva had family. This journey became a deciding turning point in their lives.

George, a previously nervous and unsettled person, found absolute peace of mind in the north of Ontario. He was later invited to Toronto for a test-exhibition at the First Canadian Place. This encouraged him to keep on reforming his already unique style.

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George Classen’s passion for music led Toronto gallerist, Kuchinski, to commission a great series of paintings representing scenes of the grand operas of Giuseppe Verdi under the title “Homage to Verdi”. Further exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and others soon followed.

George Classen, German Artist
George Classen, German Artist

His wife and most trusted critic, Eva, encouraged him to seek out new impulses, motivations and inspirations. In 1979, their honeymoon led them to Canada where Eva had family. This journey became a deciding turning point in their lives.

George, a previously nervous and unsettled person, found absolute peace of mind in the north of Ontario. He was later invited to Toronto for a test-exhibition at the First Canadian Place. This encouraged him to keep on reforming his already unique style.

George Classen’s passion for music led Toronto gallerist, Kuchinski, to commission a great series of paintings representing scenes of the grand operas of Giuseppe Verdi under the title “Homage to Verdi”. Further exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and others soon followed.

George Classen, German Artist

November 9, 1989, when the fall of the Berlin Wall symbolized a drastic change for the whole world, George Classen’s long time desire to go back to his cultural roots started to take shape. He returned to Germany in 1991 with his wife, Eva. Numerous exhibitions in Berlin, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover, Cologne (to mention just a few) validated his decision to return to Europe.

George Classen, German Artist

November 9, 1989, when the fall of the Berlin Wall symbolized a drastic change for the whole world, George Classen’s long time desire to go back to his cultural roots started to take shape. He returned to Germany in 1991 with his wife, Eva. Numerous exhibitions in Berlin, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover, Cologne (to mention just a few) validated his decision to return to Europe.

In 2003, George and his wife moved to Eva’s hometown, Wels, Austria. George continued to receive support in the local art world with numerous successful exhibitions where he experienced the acceptance of the public.

His very special style, that can absolutely cast a spell on the audience, draws the attention of people from very different heritages.

George Classen, German Artist
George Classen, German Artist

In 2003, George and his wife moved to Eva’s hometown, Wels, Austria. George continued to receive support in the local art world with numerous successful exhibitions where he experienced the acceptance of the public.

His very special style, that can absolutely cast a spell on the audience, draws the attention of people from very different heritages.

ABOUT GEORGE CLASSEN

Modern Artist

George Classen’s world of art is dominated by a profound knowledge of classical music and ancient history, transforming his inspiration into endless variations of form and colour, fusing the acoustic with the visual.

Miami Herald, 1991

George Classen’s works show traits of abstract, cubist and occasionally surrealist art (e.g. Robert Delaunay, Pablo Picasso). Some of his works have an ornamentation that resembles works of art nouveau and, in terms of painting technique, resembles works by Gustav Klimt or works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Fr. Breidenstein, Art Critic, Berlin