• Bill Dennison

    "George was a quiet man and good man. He just got on with his art. That's what he wanted to do”

    Bill Denison, artist 
  • Jaime Bautista, SMart Network

    "There will be no more Wednesdays of anecdotes, jokes and projects. This Wednesday and Wednesdays to come, they will be filled with only memories. Now that I know that you're gone lonely friend, I want to say goodbye. Remembering you as the gentle Englishman, the one with the blue jeans, genuine and humble person that you were. The vast universe will shelter your spirit freed from human imperfection. Rest in peace George, as you had the courage to defeat your demons and win the battle. Goodbye my friend. Our friend. Our Artist."

    SMart Network 
  • Lucy R.

    "George was always very droll and up for a joke. He would have been delighted with posthumous fame and unsurprised. George loved to be part of the various groups in the homeless art scene, he was well loved and respected by other members. George never gave much away about himself and was a perfectionist in art. He had strong opinions but always expressed with a sanguine levity, George was brilliant company."

  • Chris T.

    "A great guy who I will fondly remember for always."

  • Ashley T.

    "I was so lucky to meet and work with George. He was at every session, with a keen thirst for knowledge. I particularly loved the fact that whatever piece, artist or genre l was teaching about George would sketch in the gallery and then use this as a basis for his incredible op art. He would apologise to me for 'not being able to draw,' but was happy to attempt any techniques l demonstrated. He would chuckle gently as he looked at me saying 'l don't know how you can do that,' my response always the same: 'l don't know how you can do the work you do!'"

  • More coming soon...

Memories of George

By Kim Noble (artist and tutor)

I once asked George if he had any advice for dealing with the difficulties of life.
In a softly spoken voice, he replied "just continue and fight against the world...it’s not an easy thing... it’s one I think I won’t win.” 

I was fortunate enough to know George for 20 years, seeing him regularly at a small art group he dedicated himself to. Although actually I never really knew him. He was a private gentlemen, always decked out in a slightly oversized jacket, always clutching his art portfolio with his drawings within.

Like many he had times of extreme hardship living on the fringes of society. He was homeless for many years and battled with alcoholism. But one rainy day he sought shelter in a London gallery. The exhibition at the time was a retrospective of Bridget Riley, the British painter of Op Art. George saw something in those paintings.

Art saved George’s life. This isn’t hyperbole. George would say so this himself.

George picked up a felt tip pen and started to draw, inspired by those geometric
forms he saw in that gallery. Many years back, alongside others in similar position, George attended a food drop in a centre for homeless people at the Union Chapel, London, on a Sunday. And there, alongside his colleagues and friends Bill Denison and John S. a small group was formed to make art.

Housed within the Union Chapel, it was renamed The Ten Feet Away art group and it lasted nearly 20 years until COVID and lack of funding took its toll. I facilitated that group for many years, and George was a most dedicated member. In fact, in many ways George was that art group: it was his access to others and art. Each week come rain or shine, George was there with his set of felt pens, a ruler, paper and art portfolio brimming with his art. I would try to advise him but he would usually just quietly get on, measuring up and meticulously drawing his latest work. 

I once made a short video with George. In it he said: “geometric lines kept me on the straight and narrow”. They certainly did.