1907 - 2002
George Weber?s prints document the transformation of Albert and the human impact on the prairies. He was trained as a draughtsman, wallpaper design and display.
In the late 20's, sensing the dangerous political climate developing in Germany, he immigrated to Canada. He first worked as a wallpaper designer in Toronto. He studied composition, color, and commercial silkscreen techniques at the Ontario College of Art. He then settled in Edmonton and attended night classes at the University of Alberta and the Banff School of Fine Arts for life classes and watercolor techniques under Jack Taylor and Janet Middleton.
In 1948 he lectured at the University of Alberta, Edmonton on the silkscreen process and in 1950 and 1951 led workshops on the process at the Edmonton Art Gallery. Many well-known Alberta artists took classes from him in the 1950's through the University of Alberta. He imported handmade Japanese and European fine art papers for the benefit of local printmakers. He also produced watercolors and preliminary sketches of diverse ranchland, parkland, forest, and prairie of Alberta, as well as the interior and coastal areas of British Columbia. Mameo Beach, Pigeon Lake, Alberta 1950 displays the rich earthy colors and wide range of tonal values of those landscapes.
George Weber was a founding member and president of the Edmonton branch of the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers (CPE); he was a member of the Society of Canadian Painters in Water Color, the Canadian Graphic Society, the Edmonton Art Club, the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), and the Northwest Printmakers (Seattle). In 1976 George received the Edmonton Historical Board?s Recognition Award for his series of sketches and watercolors of Edmonton historic buildings and sites.
Born in Munich, Germany, 31 March 1907
Died in Edmonton, Alberta, 26 April 2002
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