Artist Biography: George Lloyd

George Lloyd (1945- )

Artist Statement

Although I grew up and was educated on the east coast , I spent well over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area during the initial , formative phase of my artistic career . During those years , I was fortunate enough to form close associations with artists of an older generation as well as with my contemporaries. Although I eventually moved back to the east coast , I have never lost my sense of connection with the Bay Area , where I still maintain strong ties , both personal and professional.

I was born in Winthrop , MA in 1945. I continued to grow up in the Boston suburbs , where I eventually attended high school at the Cambridge School of Weston . In the mid –sixties , I studied painting with Richard Merkin and Robert Hamilton at the Rhode Island School of Design , where I graduated in 1967. In the summer of 1966, I traveled by auto to Mexico , where I stayed with my classmate , Javier Brockmann , at his father’s house in Guadalajara, and where I was fortunate to see mural paintings by Jose Orozco at the University , State Palace and Orphanage . Other summers, I had worked as an office boy at Perry, Shaw , Hepburn & Dean , an architectural firm in Boston, where my father was then a partner. I spent a part of the summer of 1967 in Provincetown. From 1967 through 1969, I was a graduate student at the Yale School of Art in New Haven where I studied with Lester Johnson and Jack Tworkov.
In the summer of 1969, I moved to California where I had been hired to teach at UC Berkeley. At Cal , I was very warmly received by the sculptor Sidney Gordin who frequently took me with him to all nite poker sessions at the studio of Peter Voulkos. Also at Cal, I soon became friends with my fellow instructors , Joe Slusky and Victor Royer , both of them metal sculptors as well as former students of Sid Gordin. Early on, I also met Elmer Bischoff with whom I drew from the figure model on a weekly basis for several years . At first, Elmer and I drew with Julius Hatofsky and Alvin Light at their studio on Front Street in San Francisco . Later on we drew with Joan Brown and Gordon Cook at my studio, which was adjacent to Bischoff’s in the same building on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. In the fall of 1973 , this latter group showed drawings together at the Charles Campbell Gallery in San Francisco. Around that time , I was able to make a return trip to Mexico , and in the summer of 1973 , I traveled for the first time to Europe ,where I was thrilled to see so many great paintings in the flesh. My European stops included Paris , as well as the Italian cities of Padua , Venice , Sienna , Florence and Rome. In the fall of 1974 , I had my first solo exhibition at the John Bolles Gallery in San Francisco. In 1974 , I had also met and befriended the painters Jacqueline Gourevitch and Bob Colescott . The Bay Area contemporaries to whom I was closest in terms of artistic attitude and orientation during this early 70s period would have been both Joe Slusky and John Paul , a painter who had been my classmate at the Yale School of Art .
Although drawing was certainly a dominant concern in the work of my 1969-75 Berkeley FIGURATIVE period , it ultimately evolved that that color and paint would assume an equal if not greater role than the drawing. However,vindication of my efforts would not be entirely forthcoming until a quarter century later when, in August 2000 these early pictures were shown at the Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco in a solo exhibition that was reviewed as a first page feature article in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as in Art News .
The work of my GEOMETRIC PERIOD (1976-1982) marked a decisive break with the figurative work that I had been developing since the late 60s when I was in grad school. In the fall of 1975 ,I had left the Bay Area to teach for a year at the University of Oregon in Eugene, a move which, no doubt, precipitated this intensely romantic reaction against the more classical concerns of the previous period. The solitude of Eugene prompted a leaner, more economical approach. The paintings which I made in Oregon were smaller in size ,less concerned with mere representation , and more with loftier notions of meaning and intent. My ideas about painting had been greatly expanded. In December 1977, I showed a dozen or so of my new paintings at the Oakland Museum, and in May 1978 I had an important solo show at the Lawson deCelle Gallery which was reviewed in th SF Chronicle by the late Thomas Albright , who also cited me in his book , Art in the San Francisco Bay Area – 1945-1980.
In the spring of 1979 I was forced to leave my Berkeley studio. Eventually , I found adequate and affordable space at SITE , an alternative space in San Francisco which had been recently established by my friend Alan Scarritt , a conceptually based sculptor and installation artist , whom I had met several years before when we both had been teaching at the SF Academy of Art . In the late 70s , I had abandoned the practice of working in oil paint on canvas in favor of aqueous mediums on paper and plywood supports that were oftentimes found in the street. The tilting and jostling forms of these latter phase geometric pieces were brightly colored and filled with antic energy, and the strictures had become loose and eclectic enough that various images ,such as those of buildings and boats , would typically appear. A definitive exhibition of the work of this ANTIC PHASE (1979-82) did not occur until March 1983 when I exhibited at the Dana Reich Gallery in San Francisco – by which time I had already removed myself to Maine. Note that 23 out of 47 total pieces included in the exhibition , Between Plan & Elevation : The Work of George Lloyd , at the Portland (ME) Museum of Art in Spring 2006 , were GEOMETRIC PERIOD works.
From 1979 through 1982 ,I taught summer sessions at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, which had enabled me to renew connections in New York City and elsewhere on the east coast. In the fall of 1982, I taught at Cornell University . In December of that year I relocated temporarily to Bangor, Maine where I lived with my parents for nine months while I collected unemployment and kept on painting in studio space over a bagel shop in downtown Bangor where I continued to work on small plywood panels but in a freer and much more painterly manner than I had heretofore. There would be another twenty year interim before , in the spring of 2003, the bulk of my ‘over the bagel shop’ production would finally be exhibited in a beautifully installed solo show , entitled George Lloyd : The Transition Years , 1982-1984, at the University of Maine Museum of Art , Bangor , which had recently been relocated to a newly renovated building immediately adjacent to the one where the old bagel shop had been!


George Lloyd is a Boston native who studied painting with Richard Merkin and Robert Hamilton at the Rhode Island School of Design and with Lester Johnson and Jack Tworkov while earning his M.F.A. at Yale University. In the late 1960s Lloyd accepted a teaching position at the University of California at Berkeley, and joined a figure drawing group that included among its members, Joan Brown, Gordon Cook, and Elmer Bischoff. The group met weekly, and collectively became an important influence on Lloyd’s work from that period.

Subsequent to teaching at U.C. Berkeley, Lloyd has held teaching positions at the University of Oregon, Wesleyan University, and Cornell University. He has been the recipient of Pollock Krasner and Elizabeth Foundation Grants. Lloyd’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Oakland (CA) Museum of Art and solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at Wesleyan University, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the University of Maine Museum of Art, and most recently (2006) at the Portland Museum of Art (ME).

Lloyd has resided in Portland Maine since 1983.

Acme Fine Art, Boston MA
GEORGE LLOYD: Inside/ Outside
Sept 15 to Oct 31 2012

Greenhut Gallery, Portland ME
GEORGE LLOYD:Ten Figurative Works
July 5 to July 28 2012

George Marshall Store Gallery, York ME
GEO LLOYD – Work on Paper -4 decades
Jul 17-Aug 27 2010

GEO LLOYD: Ptgs & Dwgs fr th Figure Period –
early 70s
Jan 15 to Mar 6 , 2010

Greenhut Gallery, Portland ME
October 2009, Jun –Jul 1993 ,May 1989

GEO LLOYD Paintings from the 70s & 80s
January 2007

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
George Lloyd – Between Plan and Elevation
March 4 – May 7, 2006

Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME
George Lloyd – Figurative Paintings and Drawings from the early ’90’s
September 2003

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
George Lloyd – The Transition Years, 1982-1984
May 16 – July 5, 2003

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
George Lloyd – The Maine Years: Paintings 1982-2000
July – August 2001

Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
George Lloyd – Paintings from the early 1970’s
August 2000

Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME
George Lloyd – Paintings
August 1996

Kennedy Art Gallery
Holy Names College, Oakland, CA
George Lloyd – The Bay Area Years: 1971-1982
February 6 – March 20, 1994

Shasta College Art Gallery. Redding, CA
February – March 1990

Victor Fischer Galleries, Oakland, CA
July /August 1987

Portland Performing Arts Center, Portland, ME
May 1985

Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, CA
March 1983

Davison Art Center
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
May – June 1983

Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
April 1983

Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
July 1980

Lawson de Celle Gallery, San Francisco, CA
May 1980

The Center Gallery
University of California Extension, San Francisco, CA
George Lloyd / Drawings 1975

John Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, CA
December 1974 – January 1975
Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, ME
George Lloyd and Joseph Slusky –
Watercolors and Drawings
October – November 2000

Area Gallery
University of Southern Maine, Portland
George Lloyd and Jessica Broekman – Drawings
April – May 1996

Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME
George Lloyd and Richard Wilson
September – October 1991

Victor Fischer Gallery, Oakland, CA
George Lloyd and Terry St. John
December 1988

Archtellic Architects, Portland, ME
John Hultberg and George Lloyd
May 1987


Harlow Gallery, Hallowell ME
The Drawing Story
June 2011

Greenhut Gallery, Portland ME
The Portland Show
Dec 2008

George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME
Figuratively Speaking
Nov 2008

Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA
Maine Modern 2
Oct. – Nov. 2007

Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA
Geometry and Abstraction
Nov. – Dec. 2006

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
The Abstracted Landscape
September 2003

BACCA 1010, Berkeley, CA
A Landscape Show
October 2001

Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME
Abstraction: 22 Visions
July – August 2001

Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame College, Belmont, CA Drawing without Models
Works by George Lloyd, Abby Shahn,
Joe Slusky & Chip Sullivan
January – February 1999

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Maine Biennial
November – December 1998

Chuck Levitan Gallery, New York, NY
The Invented Figure
July 1996

Landes Gallery, Berkeley, CA
The Breakfast Group, 20th Anniversary Show
April – May 1994

National Academy of Design, New York, NY
167th Annual Exhibition
March – April 1992

University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Faculty Exhibition
November – December 1989

Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

Hobe Sound Gallery, Portland, ME
Art and Architecture
November 1988

Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Cornell Faculty Show
November 1982

Boston Museum School, Boston, MA
Architectural Subjects 1981

Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
A Drawing Show

Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
Art and Technology
July 1979

Federal Hall National Memorial, New York, NY
Metaphor in Painting
May – June 1978

Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
Five Berkeley Artists
May – June 1978

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Six East Bay Painters
December 1977

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Bay Area Artists Exhibition

Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Visiting Faculty Show

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Brown, Bischoff, Cook, Lloyd
November – December 1973

Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Brown, Bischoff, Cook, Lloyd
September – October 1973

Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
New Talent
June 1969


Achenbach Foundation
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
San Francisco, CA

de Saisset Museum
University of Santa Clara
Santa Clara, CA

Oakland Museum
Oakland, CA

Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Ogunquit, ME

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME

University Art Museum
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA

University of Maine Museum of Art
Bangor, ME

Wiegand Gallery
Notre Dame College, Belmont, CA
Drawing Without Models

Baxter Gallery
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
The Painters’ Theater
June 25 – August 13, 1993

Elizabeth Foundation Grant – 1995
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant – 1994, 2006-7

Visiting Artist
American Academy in Rome
November – December 2002

Yale University School of Art and Architecture
1967-1969, M.F.A. in Painting

Rhode Island School of Design
1963-1967, B.F.A. in Painting


(* denotes full-time appointment)

Adjunct Instructor in Drawing
University of Southern Maine, Portland/Gorham campi
Fall 2010, Winter 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 1987

New York Studio School, NYC
February 2001 – Drawing Marathon

Dole Professor of Painting
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Fall Quarter 1989*

Visiting Lecturer
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Summer 1984

Visiting Artist in Painting
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Fall Semester 1982*

Visiting Artist in Painting
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Summers 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Academic year 1975-1976*

Lecturer in Art
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Academic Year 1974-1975*

Art Teacher
Athenian School, Danville, CA
Academic Year 1973-1974

San Francisco Academy of Art
San Francisco, CA
Academic year 1972 – 1973* & Fall 1973*

Lecturer in Art
California State College, Hayward, CA
Winter and Spring quarters 1972

Instructor in Art
University of California, Berkeley, CA
Academic year 1969-1970*

Assistant in Instruction
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Academic year 1968-1969


Art Reviewer
Maine Sunday Telegram
Summer 1990 through Spring 1992

Architectural Drafter
Archtellic Architects
Portland, ME
Spring 1985 through Summer 1989
Office Support
Perry, Shaw, Hepburn & Dean, Architects
Boston, MA
Summers 1960, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65

NY Studio School , NYC
Evening lecture series Mar 9,2010
Geo Lloyd & Alan Scarritt in conversation

University of New Hampshire Art Dept.
Visiting Critic and lecture on my work
September 2007

Art Students League of New York
Critique at Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill
May 2006

Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Public lecture
April 2006

Art Students League, NYC
Panelist on topic of “Metamorphosis,” organized by Wendy Gitler for Artists Equity
February 2004

Rhode Island School of Design, Rome, Italy
Visiting critic
December 2002

American Academy in Rome
Evening lecture
December 2002

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
Public lecture
July 2001

Evening lecture series –Jan 2001
GEORGE LLOYD -on his work

Art Dept., College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA
Lecture for painting students
February 1999

College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Visiting critic for several sessions of
Joseph Slusky’s drawing class
February 1999

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Visiting critic and lecturer at the graduate school
for painting
December 1998

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Public lecture
April 1997
Note: For the spring of 1997, I conceived and implemented a public lecture series for the Maine College of Art to provide both college and community with a forum for exposition of diverse ideas and modes of artistic expression. Lecturers included artists, historians and critics.

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
4 lectures for early 20th Century Art History Survey
Fall 1996

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
February 1995

Art Department, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA
Terry St. John class
February 1994

College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Public lecture
February 1994

College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, CA
Joseph Slusky class
February 1994

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Squeak Carnwarth class
February 1994

Art Department, University of Maine, Orono, ME
April 1993

* on my work unless otherwise noted