Even before his first major one-man show at The Dalriada Galleries in Co. Antrim in 1998 George’s work had already appeared in several group exhibitions.
Work displayed in venues such as Queens University Belfast, (who purchased a piece for their collection) in 1992 and being selected for One Oxford Street’s ‘Belfast Young Contemporaries’ exhibition at the same time, helped establish him as an artist worth watching.
Another two major exhibitions followed the Dalriada show in Belfast’s The Edge in 2000 and 2001. Taking over a year to prepare for each show also saw the launch of two books published by Terry Stewart of ‘Fine Irish Art’ featuring the paintings.
With the demand for new paintings taking up most of his time and customers keen to get their hands on new work it became impossible for George to put on any large scale exhibitions.
Individual paintings did however appear in group shows over the next few years and 2007 saw one of his large scale pieces being selected for that years Royal Ulster Academy exhibition. In 2009 he was invited by the President of The Irish Chamber of Commerce to exhibit new work at their annual Ball being held in October of that year in The Waldorf Astoria in New York. George jumped at the chance and a successful evening saw his paintings being purchased by enthusiastic Manhattan collectors.
The following year in 2010 he exhibited at the prestigious K-Club in Dublin that summer. The evening was made memorable by the appearance of the ex World Boxing champion Chris Eubank who immediately fell in love with George’s work and quickly acquired a piece for his London home.
Paintings and prints continue to appear in exhibitions at both home and abroad but with most of his time taken up producing work for private clients no major exhibitions are planned just yet. “I would love however to have a retrospective at some point”, he says “it would be great to see a large scale exhibition of my work going back over the years, that would be something!”