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Biography & Autobiography Artists, Architects, Photographers

The Life and Art of George Fertig

by (author) Mona Fertig

Mother Tongue Publishing
Initial publish date
Jun 2010
Artists, Architects, Photographers
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2010
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George Fertig was a Jungian, a socialist, a symbolist and an outsider. For 40 years he struggled to survive as as artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Part biography and part memoir, as told by his eldest daughter, this book includes fourteen years of research, interviews, letters and over one hundred and fifty rare photographs. Born in Alberta in 1915 George Fertig's creative passion began at age twenty with photography during the Depression and World War II. He lived in Fruitvale BC and was a member of the infamous Trail Mine Mill Union in the '30s. George Fertig's unique oil paintings have found no duplication in Canada. They range from early landscapes, to large powerful archetypal images and small numinous meditations on eternity.

About the author

Mona Fertig's father, George Fertig (1915-1983), was one of the unheralded artists of BC and she grew up acutely aware of the politics of art. The Life and Art of George Fertig took her 15 years to research and write. This led her to publish the UABC series, written by authors; Adrienne Brown, Peter Busby, Claudia Cornwall, Christina Johnson-Dean, Eve Lazarus, Kerry Mason, Wendy-Newbold Patterson, Sheryl Salloum and Monika Ullmann. Fertig was made a Vancouver Literary Landmark in 2017. There was a retrospective of George Fertig's work at the Burnaby Art Gallery in 2010.

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