A vibrant self portrait by the noted artist George Dergalis done in 2008. The owl is a particularly nice touch. it is signed and dated 2008. some minor paint loss and some scuffing to the surface.
Please take a moment to look at some of our artwork under the Fine art section where we sell as Koren Gallery.
A brief bio from askart:
Accademia della Belle Arti, Rome, Italy, MFA, 1951.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA; diploma with honors, 1957 and 5th year certificate, 1958.
Painting instructor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1961-69 and DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, 1961-94. Private classes, Wayland, MA.
President, Alumni Association, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA , 1966-67.
Combat artist, U.S. Army Historical Dept., Vietnam, 1967.
Honorary Director, Boston Ballet, 1971.
Chairman, curator, “Festival Bostonian for Art & Humanity”, City Hall, Boston, MA , 1976.
Artist -in-Residence, Partners of the Americas, 1979.
Master, Copley Society of Boston, 1981.
Designer, Wayland Veterans’ Memorial, 2004.
Nominating Committee, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, 2007 and 2008.
Bronze Medal for Excellence, Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy, 1951.
Prix de Rome, Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy, 1951.
Boit first prize, Drawing & first prize, Collaborative Design; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1958.
James William Paige Two-Year Traveling Scholarship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1958-1960.
Civilian Merit Award, U.S. Army Historical Dept., 1969.
Excellence in Technique, Copley Society of Boston, 1978.
Merit Award, “Through the Looking Glass” Exhibit, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1989.
First Prize, Holiday Card, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2000.
Jurors’ awards, “Watercolor USA, 2002”, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA, USA and “Small Works”, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA, 2004.
One of “Wayland’s Top People of the Year”, Wayland Town Crier, 2005.
Gold Medal, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 1969.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Foundazione Besso, Rome, 1950.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1961.
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (two-man), 1962.
Boston University, Boston, 1963.
Harvard University, Cambridge, 1963.
Brooklyn Museum, 1964.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1967.
Brockton Art Center, Fuller Memorial, Brockton, MA, (four-man), 1971.
Woodstock Gallery, London, 1974.
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, (two-man), 1974.
Camara de Comercio, Medellin, Colombia, 1980.
Museo de Zea, Medellin, Columbia, 1981.
Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, 1985.
Salon des Artistes, Hotel Meridien, Boston, 1987.
Wayland Art Space, Wayland, MA, 1994.
Prima Mostra Internationale d’Arti, Rome, Italy, 1950.
Quadrianale, Museum of Modern Art, Rome, Italy, 1951.
Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1953.
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA, 1957.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, 1959 and 1976.
Chicago International Arts Festival, 1963.
American House Traveling Exhibit, Germany, 1964 and 1965.
Helocon, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA, 1971.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1977.
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, 1980.
The Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL, 1983-1984.
Boston Public Library, 1985, 1988, 1992 and 1994-1995.
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, 2000.
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, 2002 and 2007.
The Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, 2003 and 2005.
Collections – Public & Corporate:
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA.
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.
Sanofi Avantis, Switzerland.
Print Research Foundation, Stanford, CT.
Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Door, Boston, MA.
U.S. Army Historical Museum, Washington, D.C.
Camara de Comercio & Museo de Arte de Medellin, Colombia, South America.
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI.
Loomis & Sayles, Boston, MA.
A New Nation, Thomas Boylston Adams, Pequot Press, 1981, p. 52.
American Artists, The Krantz Co., Chicago, IL, 1985.
Greek Artists Abroad, Greek Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Athens, 1985.
Combat Art of the Vietnam War, McFarland & Co., Raleigh, NC, 1986.
Time Magazine, Oct. 7, 2002, p. 80.
Art of War, Friedman/Fairfax, 2002, p. 302.
Who’s Who in American Art, Marquis’ Who’s Who, Inc. 1968-.
Who’s Who in the World, Marquis’ Who’s Who, Inc., 1989-.
Who’s Who in America, Marquis’ Who’s Who, Inc., 1996-.
Who’s Who in the East, Marquis’ Who’s Who, Inc., 1969-.
Who’s Who in American Education, Marquis’ Who’s Who, Inc., 1992-.
Church of the Unification, Rome.
Instituto Sarro, Barcelona.
Villa Amborsi, Rome.
Finca Bariloche, Colombia, South America.
Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA.
Citizen’s Bank, Norwod & Boston.
St. Matthew’s Church, Fitchburg, MA.
Submitted by Liz Field on behalf of the artist.
Biography from Psatharis Auctions.
George Dergalis, a World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran, now resides in Wayland, Massachusetts. George was born in 1928 and grew up in Greece. A renowned artist, Georges’ love for art began at the age of five when he was given a paintbrush, a sheet of paper, and some watercolors and told to “shut up.”
A draftee into the Greek Army during World War II, Dergalis was captured and sent to a Nazi prison camp, where he spent three years. After escaping from the camp with some of his inmates, George attended an art school in Italy. He was able to collect enough money to travel to the United States. He first had a custodial job in a hospital, and soon after was drafted into the Air Force. He spoke very minimal English at the time, and did not understand what was going on at the recruiting office, and all of a sudden was off to his base. He served in the Air Transport Service, picking up wounded and ill soldiers.
Dergalis served as a combat artist in the Vietnam War. With this position, he had very high status, priority even over field colonels. He painted many of the battlefields. Following the wars, Dergalis has made many symbolic sculptures and paintings based on his experiences. His most recent work was the Wayland, Massachusetts Veterans Memorial.