J.G. Freedman 'Overcast' acrylic on canvas 24" x 30"
Joseph Gregory Freedman was born in Los Angeles in 1950 and moved to Vancouver in 1970. Freedman, a tug boat skipper and self taught artist, had his first one-man show in 1972. His work has been featured on the CBC and in magazine and news paper articles and he has had solo shows in Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria and has had paintings in museum shows in Austin, TX and Coos Bay, OR. He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP) and the American Society of Maritime Artists (ASMA). His most recent award was the prestigious Port Award at ASMA's 17th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit in 2010.
Excerpted from The Globe and Mail,Oct. 27, 2009: After moving to Vancouver from Los Angeles in 1970 to avoid Vietnam, Joseph Gregory Freedman found work on B.C.’s tugboats. Inspired by the spectacular nature of the Pacific coast, he also began to paint. While he had his first one-man show in 1972, his art would be a great love but a secondary pursuit for the next 31 years.
At the age of 51, after retiring from Vancouver’s SeaBus as a distinguished captain, painting became his second, full-time career and the realization of a life’s dream.
His second one-man show, in 2002, was celebrated nationally, receiving accolades from CBC’s The Arts Report and a feature article in NUVO magazine; his paintings since have found their way to buyers throughout North America.