Part of a series of Sketches from George Plante
This is two pieces of paper taped together with
a large landscape scene
Size: 19″ by 16″
Age: Circa 1970 or so
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, George Plante went to Berlin in the early 1930s on an art scholarship.
Back in London when the war started in 1939, he volunteered and became an officer in the British Merchant Navy.
Twice he survived torpedo attacks, once being rescued from the frigid Atlantic. On these extended voyages Planate executed
watercolors, drawings and gouaches of what he experienced. The British government asked him to do his artwork for the War Art
Program and some of that work now resides in the Imperial War Museum in London. During the latter part of the war the
artist was involved with political intelligence for the Foreign Office.
Returning to private life Plante was hired to create the London office of one of America’s largest advertising agencies, Young & Rubicam.
For 17 years he led the creative efforts of the office before moving to Unilever International. In his capacity there as worldwide creative director
he had the opportunity for extensive travel around the world. During these travels his sketchbook was never far from his side.
After retirement in the early 1980s, Plante and his wife Jane chose Hilton Head Island in South Carolina as their home.
For the next decade and a half, he devoted a good share of his time to painting. Perhaps surprisingly he painted
very little of his surroundings on the island and instead drew his material from the many exotic places he and Jane visited.