George Somerville’s nostalgic subject matter grew out of a desire to paint the memories of his Glaswegian childhood in the industrial fifties. He wanted to recreate the places and people where he grew up, foundries and factories which have now disappeared from the urban landscape.
George Somerville was born in Glasgow in 1947. There was a great atmosphere in Glasgow at the time, and the streets were always busy. But most of all, the time and place was characterised by a strong sense of community. His father was a foundry worker, and when he was growing up, money was in short supply. His artistic talent was obvious from an early age, but the expense of art college was an unthinkable luxury when there was a family to support. Despite his lack of official training, George continued to paint.
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