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The Life and Art of George Fertig by Mona Fertig

The Life and Art of George Fertig by Mona FertigGeorge 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 was a member of the infamous Trail Mine Mill Union in the ’30s, travelled to Mexico in the ’40s; and in the ‘50s American artist Carl G. Jung and Morris Graves became important influences. He married Evelyn Luxa in 1953.
Known as the “Moon Man,” 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. His paintings were rarely exhibited in galleries and today are coveted in private collections. He gave up his art only a few days before his death in 1983, when he cleaned his palette and put away his paint and brushes.
is a poet, publisher, and book artist. Her books include: Invoking the Moon, Mouth For Music, Releasing the Spirit, Sex Death & Travel, and Rocksalt ( co-editor), and A Labour of Love (editor). She runs Mother Tongue Publishing on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

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1 Comment for “The Life and Art of George Fertig by Mona Fertig”

  1. George Fertig seems like he was an amazing person. I will want to know him. Talk to his spirit to sooth mine.


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