George Gibson ANA AWS
1904 - 2001
Artistic designer in US film industry
Director of Art, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hollywood 1934-1969
President of California National Watercolour Society 1951
George Gibson was born in Edinburgh but brought up in Fochabers where his father worked as a tailor. George's teacher, Dhuie Tully, recognised his skill as an artist from an early age and helped George develop his talents further. In 1930, George decided to seek his fortune in America and found part-time work in Hollywood at the famous MGM studios as a scenic artist. As early as 1934, George became Artistic Director at MGM. He changed the way that motion pictures were made in Hollywood. George created the backdrops of many of the famous films - 'The Wizard of Oz' 'American in Paris' and 'Random Harvest' to name but a few. On retirement from the studios in 1969, George became a practising artist in fine arts, particularly landscape painting of Californian scenery. He continued to paint, exhibit and give classes to eager young students right up to his death at the age of 96.