Born in California in 1926, George Ortman served in World War II before moving to New York to undertake artistic studies at the College of Arts and Crafts and the Hofmann School of Fine Arts. Painting is Ortman’s primary medium, and he headed the painting department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan from 1970 until 1992.

Ortman has, however, explored both sculpture and print media and worked at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1966 before working at Gemini Ltd to create a poster for his self–titled exhibition at the David Stuart Galleries, also in 1966.
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