I was born in the USSR in 1960. I graduated from college and worked for a few years as an architect in my Ukrainian hometown. In 1989, I came to Philadelphia as a political refugee, and went back to school. I graduated from the architectural program at Temple University in 1992, and I've been working as an architect ever since.
My professional work was unable to satisfy my creative urge. I wanted to express myself freely, without constraints of the budget and building codes. I attended private painting classes for seven years and worked in my own studio in Philadelphia for eleven years. It was there that I developed my own unique painting style.
For the last four years, I have lived and worked in New Orleans. I create my paintings at Studio Inferno at 3000 Royal Street in the Bywater. I love New Orleans and hope to contribute to its diverse and growing artistic community.
Follow me on Twitter @pigs_could_fly and on Instagram @georgedolgyart.
George Dolgy is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Creating a world
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
What I love the most is the diversity of New Orleans. I'm in love with the French Quarter, where I used to live for two years.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I create complex, multi-layered compositions. They are dynamic, yet balanced. I imagine a story or a world behind each painting. But it is only one possible story, each viewer will imagine his or her own. I hope my canvases provide enough visual clues to discover an infinite amount about these imaginary worlds which are hidden inside my paintings.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Philip Taaffe, Beatriz Milhazes, Bill Komoski
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Jazz is my favorite music.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
On the streets of New Orleans, jogging, biking or site-seeing.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Weekends are the most productive time for me. I can submerge into my creative process and see the results right away.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love piglets and collect their images.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
My studio is located at the Inferno building in the Bywater at 3000 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA.
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