“I do not bring beauty to people’s lives; I, perhaps, draw their attention to beauty which is already there.” – George Buytendorp
Born in the Netherlands in 1923, George Buytendorp studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Related Sciences in The Hague. He apprenticed under his father, also a graduate of the academy, and completed his studies in art and art restoration. He owned his first studio in Arnhem and later in Amsterdam and worked for the aesthetic department of the Dutch government. George then became a designer, art consultant, and purchasing agent for the Artificia Gallery in The Hague.
George and his family immigrated to Canada in 1951 and settled in Manitoba. During his 40 years in Manitoba, he was an executive member of the Brandon Allied Arts Council, and a member of the board of directors of the Manitoba Design Institute, the Brandon University Arts Advisory Board, and the Manitoba Society of Artists. He taught workshops and advanced classes in Ontario and across the Prairies and guest lectured at universities.
George’s paintings captured the grandeur of Canada’s prairie and wilderness, distilling it to the essence of a simple statement in line, form and colour. His intensity as an artist led him to believe that, “One should only make a statement when one is emotionally involved and understands the character of one’s subject. One must have the technical ability to make that statement. When you have made it, you should stop. Emotion can only last so long–anything after is weak and ineffective.”
His technical dexterity enabled him to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, ranging from exuberance in sun-drenched wheat fields to peaceful contemplation of rock and pine-strewn northern lakes. He often spent time in the wilderness creating small panels, which he later expanded and enlarged in his Abbotsford, B.C. studio.
George’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.
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Arabella Magazine, Spring 2013