About the Artist
George E. Huffman is a visual artist who was born in 1966 near Philadelphia, raised outside of New York City, developed as an artist in Tucson, Arizona and has called Austin, Texas home since 2002. He began his artistic career as a painter and printmaker after earning a Bachelors of Fine Art from Villanova University in 1987.
The figures in my paintings represent the concept of emotional awakenings, with all the inherent pain and struggle revealed by that process. The inevitable loss of naiveté is thought of as a specific experience or time period in a child’s life that ultimately broadens their awareness of the injustice and grief that are inevitably part of the human experience. My work is an effort to capture the essence of this transition from innocence to awareness.Unavoidably, my own memories seep into the work. But memories are a tricky thing. A conflict evolves between factual events and their secondary emotional impact; subsequently, invention becomes an important component of memory. Painting from memory-experience is a compound fabrication that I explore and mine for symbolism and allegory. My paintings of young girls eschew the saccharine and the salacious; rather they speak to the fluidityof gender identity, the burden of self-awareness in an unfeeling world, the process of maturation, and ultimately personal empowerment.I work exclusively in oils. The sensuous nature and pliability of oil paints give me the ability to create heavily textured and abstracted landscapes where I build up layers of uneven surface, like geological strata. The process of layering and waiting, layering and waiting, demands an almost unbearable degree of patience and delayed gratification. Eventually, the figures are unmasked and filled in with fine brushwork, ultimately revealing themselves to me as the painting achieves completion.