George Ortman studied with Stanley William Hayter at the Studio 17 in New York City, and at the Atelier Andre L' Hote in Paris in the late 40's.

He showed at the Stable Gallery in 1957 and 1960 when his contemporaries Nevelson, Johns, and Rauschenberg were exhibiting there. He also showed at Castelli gallery in the 1960's. Ortman has participated in museum shows including the Walker Art museum in Dallas and The Portland Museum of Art. He currently exhibits at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York City.

George Ortman's work is in several Museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum,The Guggenheim, The Smithsonian and others.

George made his first construction in 1949 in Paris. His work today is created using the same vocabulary; universal symbols, geometry and color - usually primary.


"In the future the book of nature will be written by a mathematician.The symbols will be the circle, the square, the triangle without which
no world is possible. Without which we will wander vainly in the abyss".

— Galileo

George lives and works in New York City.

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