This week, we feature painter, watercolorist, and printmaker George Pfeifer.
Above, top - George works on a watercolor during an excursion to Itasca which was part of the 36th Midwestern [detail from photo by T. Hunter Strand]. Above, bottom (left to right) - "Nevada," silkscreen print, 1967; "Itasca Backwoods," watercolor miniature, 2020
Below - "Late September," oil on canvas, 2018
George Pfeifer was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1947. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Sharon. He’s been making paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints for five decades. When not in the studio, George works in residential remodeling as a designer and project manager and has also restored his own 1883 home in the historic district of St. Paul.
Pfeifer’s first solo exhibition was at Rourke Gallery in 1966. Since then, he’s presented forty-four solo exhibitions at the Rourke and its former affiliate, the Plains Art Museum. His other solo exhibition venues have included: The Fargo Gallery; M State, Fergus Falls; Jamestown Art Center; Second Crossing Gallery in Valley City; North Dakota State University; Bismarck Art and Galleries Association; Suzanne Kohn Gallery in Minneapolis; Mikkelson Gallery in Washington, DC; Ecce Gallery in Fargo.
Pfeifer's artwork is included in numerous collections including: The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum; Plains Art Museum; Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, SD; North Dakota State University; University of North Dakota; American Crystal Sugar; Honeywell; 3M; The Roger Maris Cancer Center; Microsoft Small Business; Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota; Strong Funds in Menominee, WI; Minnesota Mutual Life; The University of Minnesota Hospital System; and private collections nationwide.