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"The Cruel Truth" solo exhibit of new paintings by George Terry McDonald, March through August 2020, at RAMP Studios, Asheville, North Carolina
George Terry McDonald keeps up a creative pace that artists half his age would marvel at: painter, art historian and lecturer, singer/songwriter, and front man for The Zealots (classic indie rock and roll). He has been painting madly for the last year, in between tours, and will be showing a new body of work, “The Cruel Truth”, at Revolve Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, March 6 to 31. Born and bred in North Carolina, his painting style was nurtured during his years in Manhattan's Lower East Side where he became steeped in all that the Neo-Expressionist underground had to offer. He continues to address the issues brought to light in that scene - gentrification, gender politics, racism and class - in both his paintings and songs.
In the current work, GTM is a bard for the age, presenting populist legends in surreal and ironic narratives. From Tom Dooley to Michael Bennett, JFK to 45, he chronicles the death, and stubborn life of American mythologies. Blending the content of outsider art with the technique of a master draftsman, expressionist brushwork, and photorealist detail, he extolls the underdog and turns americana inside out.
George received his MFA in Painting from USC, and his BA in English from UNC. In addition to his years of teaching, he has been exhibiting his paintings since the mid 1980's in New York, Los Angeles, DC, and North Carolina. Most recently, he has been featured at DABart in Ventura and the Glenn Dallas Gallery in Santa Barbara. He has been writing and lecturing about the Neo Expressionist underground art scene for the last two years, presenting “Culture Wars – 1980s NYC Art” at SECAC and colleges around the country.
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