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About George


George H. Smyth was born in the picturesque fishing village of Ardglass, Co. Down, N. Ireland in 1968. He enjoyed an almost idyllic childhood playing on the local beaches, harbour and world famous golf course.

Encouraged by his father Ben to draw and paint like he did George soon developed a love of art and discovering the work of the Surrealists as a young man cemented his determination to become a painter.

Prior to attending art college in 1991 his name had already become synonymous with Irish rock band 'Therapy?' whose uncompromising artwork George was responsible for and was featured on MTV on numerous occasions. Around this time he also met and befriended his hero the Scottish painter Peter Howson who became a valued source of encouragement throughout the next stage of his life.

He achieved an Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 1994 and then embarked on a period of extensive travel. Visiting places as diverse as New York, Egypt, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Sydney and Los Angeles provided the chance to view paintings at first-hand that up until then had only been seen in books.

1995 saw the start of George taking his art very seriously. Now settled at Tyrella Beach, a few miles from Ardglass and renowned for it's outstanding natural beauty, he became fully committed to creating work inspired by his travels and the surrounding landscape. It wasn't long before his paintings caught the eye of art dealer Terry Stewart who became his agent. This relationship which lasted 12 years allowed him to focus all his energy on painting while his name became the attention of a much wider audience.

As the popularity of his paintings grew the demand for new work took precedence over putting on solo exhibitions. In 2007 he exhibited "The Poet's Dilemma" at that years Royal Ulster Academy, a large piece taking months to complete. In 2008 George and Terry parted ways.

Concentrating solely on private commissions he began spending more and more time on each painting ensuring his clients wishes were fulfilled to the best of his abilities. In 2009 he was invited by the president of The Ireland Chamber of Commerce to exhibit at their annual ball in October that year taking place in the Waldorf Astoria, New York. His work thrilled Manhattan collectors who quickly snapped up paintings for their homes. The following year he exhibited in the prestigious K-Club in Dublin at an event which saw ex-World Champion boxer Chris Eubank make an appearance. He immediately fell in love with George's style and purchased a piece. 2011 began with him working closely with rock band The Answer on their third album leading to the production of a sublime painting with the same name.

Working closely with collectors to create bespoke paintings is now the main focus of his output. Spending up to 3 months sometimes to complete works that continue to capture interest and engage the imagination. His paintings and prints hang in private collections in the U.K, Europe and the U.S. as well as having appeared in numerous publications.