Tuesday, January 8, 2008

GEORGE RAY McCORMICK, SR., Milwaukee, WI

"Adam and Eve Series: Cupid Speaks", 30"H x 11"W, painted & carved wood, found objects, welded metal, wood burning

"My Work is a cleansing. What I am now creating helps me to overcome the limitations of my past choices and gives me a spiritual connection to God. I am evolving in a new direction as a flame evolves from a spark. God instructed me to study welding. Woodcarvings and welded metal represent my journey into the bible. However, both secular and religious subject matter have always been important influences in my work. For example I might weave together such diverse ideas as Voodoo, Christianity and certain aspects of street life into the same piece. I had no idea welding sculpture would encompass much of my present artwork. I am now putting together wood and metal to tell my story."

BIO

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, George Ray McCormick, Sr. has lived in Milwaukee since 1950. A self-taught artist, he began woodcarving in 1993 and began an apprenticeship at Vanguard Sculpture Services (Vanguard) in 2002, while working with artist, Evelyn Patricia Terry, on her public art project, Kindred Ties. At Vanguard, he learned metal fabrication and casting. Then in his own studio, fabricated twelve sculptures for Giving Gifts – a second public art project awarded Terry and installed at General Mitchell International Airport. McCormick was selected to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s 1998 ten-day national folk art festival in Washington, D.C.; restaged as Madison, Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial Folklife Festival and then restaged in Chiba, Japan in 1999. His awards include first place in the 1995 Holiday of Black Doll Festival in Columbus, Ohio; second place at the Delafield Carving Exhibition, Delafield, Wisconsin and a patron award at Kentuck Folk Art Festival, Northport, Alabama. His commissioned works include a ceramic bird, Kingfisher, for the White House in 2004 and Adinkra Symbols for the Marquette Interchange Project on the Walnut Street Bridge in 2006.

2 comments:

maxime said...

Bonjour George!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!11)(**&*^^%!!!!

Your fellow artiste in arms Maxime down here in Melbourne, Australia, the other side of the world, thinking about you and oh soo very proud of your success and achievement with your well-deserved solo exhibition at the Charles Allis Museum!!! Bask in the limelight at your opening tonight and embrace it all and simply enjoy the plaudits of friends, family and the public.

Again congratulations! Well done. I look forward to see your all your works in the catalogue!
That's great your career up til now will have documentation for today and posterity written by Dr. Jeffery Hayes. Kudos to you!

Much much love to you George.
I'm with you and everyone in spirit at the opening.

TO LIFE, TO LOVE, TO ART!!

The Universe is Abundant.
In Spirit Always,

Maxime
maximelavieestbelle@gmail.com

patsjazzpix said...

With regret...I just received an art blog about george this early afternoon...

It was a sad surprising moment to learn of the passing of George McCormick,
Sr. His smile and creative energy shall be missed. His solo exhibit in
the One From Wisconsin series held at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, West
Bend, closes soon. Below is a statement from the Museum.

George Ray McCormick Sr. July 1 – July 31
George Ray McCormick Sr.’s bas-relief wood carvings hint at his colorful
past, but more importantly provide a keen insight into his personal spiritual
awakening in 1991 that drives and informs his work to this day. These
colorful, scripture-filled carvings are the physical manifestations of a
complex person finding peace, salvation and inspiration.

MilwaukeeArtistResourceNetwork@yahoogroups.com; on behalf of; saganguy@aol.com Thu 7/30/2009 8:30 PM