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He traveled to Mexico for three months after World War II and met with Mexican muralists, and later visited Toronto and New York. He was married on August 15, 1953 to Evelyn Mary Luxa, taking a trip to Seattle for the ceremony.
He exhibited paintings in the B.C. Artists Annual Exhibitions from 1943 to 1950. (refer also to THE LIFE AND ART OF GEORGE FERTIG for additional exhibition listings post-1950)
He exhibited one painting in the 1948 Stanley Park in Pictures exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Around 1952 he began working at Western Plywoods sawmill, where he met artists such as Peter Paul Ochs, and began to form a circle of artist friends that included sculptor , and painters Frank Molnar, LeRoy Jensen, and Jock Hearn. In the early 1960s Fertig quit work at the sawmill to dedicate himself full time to his artwork. He lived and painted in and around Vancouver with his family until his death after a heart attack in 1983.
He exhibited 23 works in a group show at the Surrey Art Gallery in 1979. The catalogue includes a list of his 23 works in the show and their prices.
A major biography of his life and work was published in 2010 by one of his daughters, Mona Fertig, who is also the founder of Mother Tongue Publishing Ltd., the book's publisher. The book is very well illustrated, with many full page colour plates that beautifully show her father's amazing art development over the course of his career as an artist.
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||Still Life|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||Landscape|
|1946 Aug. 13 - 25||VAG Stanley Park in Pictures||Beaver Lake|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Lavender Bush|
|1948 July 27 - Aug. 15||VAG Stanley Park in Pictures||Third Beach|
|1949 Oct. 8 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 18th Annual||The Forest, The Ocean|
|1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17||VAG B.C. Artists 19th Annual||Study|
|1979 Jan. 11 - Feb. 4||SAG THREE PAINTERS||(see catalogue)|
THREE PAINTERS: FERTIG, SPIRA, WREN (refer to SAG79)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
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