ABOUT THE ARTIST
George Wilson North - Batley Club RAFA - October 2006
George Wilson North was born July 26, 1926 at Dewsbury in Yorkshire England, to Clifford and Doris North. Their only child, George attended school here and while his skills as an artist became readily apparent early in life, this was not the path he chose to follow. After leaving school George worked as apprentice motor engineer untill called up by the RAF at 18.
I had been trained as Safety Equipment Worker and attained the well regarded rank of L A C, (the only rank attained with brains, other rank’s being attained with bull). I served at Morton in Marsh in Gloucestershire, 21 OTU then to Finningly, Yorks 21OTU. After a couple of years or so I was sent on another course of air sea rescue but when I had finished that it was too late, there was nobody to rescue so I was posted to Linton on Ouse Yorks. My next posting was home and how I missed all those mates I had made. I Came out of RAF in 1948 after 3 and a bit years.
LAC George Wilson North - RAF 1946
After about 10 years my work took me to Norfolk for 17 years and then to Hampshire for another 17 years. Upon retiring after a life time in the motor trade I returned to Yorks to concentrate on the thing I have loved to do all my life, I am at my happiest when I have canvas in front of me and a brush in my hand and I am listening to classical music. I am in heaven in Yorkshire!
"I have been painting since the 1960s when I lived in Norfolk and started aviation paintings in the 1970s. It was about 1982 or 1983 when I was told by a dealer I should be making a record of my paintings when he learned that many were long gone and forgotten. I had no idea where they had gone and in many cases
had even forgot the painting content. I then started keeping a record by taking photos of them with a 35mm camera and a hell of a lot was really bad pictures but I didn't care as I knew what they was and never dreamed anybody else would be now wanting them.
Artist George North presenting Fred Hutton
with Wellington painting at Moreton In Marsh reunion
Photo copyright http://www.wellingtonaviation.org/ Please pay them a visit!
The last few years, these photo records of the paintings have become much better after aquiring a digital camera and computer. (ED: The PC and digital camera has opened up a whole new artistic medium for George whereby he can use these photos to revisit some of his older works and experiment with them by altering colours, tones and details. In doing so, he has achieved some quite spectacular effects. These range from radically altering the 'visual presentation' of the original to obtain an entirely new piece right down to cleverly changing the 'mood of a painting' through subtle almost invisible tweaks in tone and colour.)
I have painted a lot since then but it was in my spare time, when in Hampshire many, many times I would work 36 out of 48 hrs. My job in the motor trade had to come first to earn a living and painting was classed as a hobby, but it was always a nice feeling when one was sold or made money somewhere like through the RAFA.
Emma, my wife the boss!!!!
Born Riponden W/Yorkshire photo 1945
My better half who has taken care of me for over 53 years, never had an argument or a cross word, what she says is so, and that is it so there is no argument to be had.
From left to right: 1st Row ? 2nd Row?
Note, the large liferaft behind them
Photo of RAF course at Mooreton in Marsh in late 1945 early 1946, I have very few photos of this era as cameras were not allowed on station and film was hard to get in those days.