George Marinko 1908-1989 Biography, an American Surrealist

In the early 1930s, George Marinko, was known as one of the most pure
surrealists of all the American artists pursuing that pioneering style.  He also
did automatic drawing that revealed through his personal complex symbolism his
interest in mythology and psycho-analysis.  Many of his works had allusions to
the temptations of Adam and Eve and other suggestions of male/female conflict.
His images seem dreamlike and include clowns, humans, dolls, and puppets as well
as objects that are bending and twisting, and “any one of them may be running,
burning, or melting” (Falk 2185).His painting, Sirius (the Dog

George Marinko Floral watercolor painting

George Marinko Floral “Boquet”

Star, the brightest star in the heavens), seems an incongruous combination of
very realistically-painted still-life objects including a wooden contraption
resembling a human pelvis, and a bright red human leg to the knee, with a rope
or snake wrapped around its ankle.His paintings were included in the
ground breaking 1936 Surrealist exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New
York, but he choose to stay out of the limelight and lived quietly in Waterbury,
Connecticut where he was known for his works in sculpting, lithography, and
painting with subjects of landscapes, villages, boats, as well as abstraction.
There he was a prominent local artist, teacher at the Waterbury Art School from
1945 to 1957, and later became director of the Hudson River Museum.  He also
painted the mural in City Hall’s Aldermanic Chambers along with artist Francis
Jmanie.Marinko had studied at the Waterbury Art School with Lewis York
from 1925 to 1929 and took additional training at the Yale University School of
Fine Art with Eugene Savage.  He began his career as a painter of traditional
landscapes, but from 1934-42, painted in the Surrealist manner.  Then frustrated
with the lack of response to his surrealism, he incorporated regionalist
landscape painting into his output, but continued to paint abstract works.  He
also took up the depiction of surrealist images by carving and painting wooden
masks and totems and other primitive figures.He served in World War II, and In the late 1950s, moved to New Haven, Connecticut where he lived in a small apartment crowded with his work.  He also resided at the Ownego Beach Club and Inn in Branford Connecticut where he painted numerous decorations on the buildings and left the owners many of his works for their personal collection and to adorn rooms. Check out the newly added paintings, the oils can be found in ‘post 1900’ works, the watercolors under ‘works on paper’ – estate fresh pieces!

George Marinko modernist still life water color painting for sale

George Marinko Modernist Still Life

George Marinko painting green woman

George Marinko Green Woman

George Marinko

George Marinko Floral Bouquet

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