|Dimensions||H-33 W-36.8 cm|
A painter, lithographer, muralist, and tapestry designer, Rackus pioneered the anodized aluminium technique as an art form. His abstract compositions are characterized by a prevailing sense of organic movement. Rackus has stated that colour was his primary concern when he first considered the potential of using aluminum as a painting media. The light weight of aluminium, its easy handling, and the fact that it lends itself to constructivist variables were all factors which led Ruckus' curiosity towards this relatively new art material.
Rackus came to Canada at the age of eight and apprenticed during WWII in silk-screening. After spending a year at the Ontario College of Art, he went to Paris in 1953. There, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie André Lhote where he assisted the cubist painter, Lhote, with mural-painting. In 1960, Rackus exhibited his abstract paintings in Montréal, and in 1964 began experimenting with the anodized aluminium technique. Since the 1960s, George Rackus has been actively involved in arts associations and has worked as a lecturer, visiting artist, curator, and art reviewer. His works have been widely exhibited and collected, both nationally and internationally.