Raleigh Art Gallery: Lee Hansley Gallery

Celebrating George Bireline Exhibition at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, NC

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Lee Hansley Gallery
1053 East Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC

The exhibition contains works from each of Bireline’s phases--pure abstraction, expressionism, trompe l‘oeil, color field, allegorical, and personal narration.

Bireline, a native of Peoria, Illinois, moved to Raleigh in 1950 to be a set designer at Raleigh Little Theatre.  He earned an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught for three decades at the N.C. State University School of Design.

His work has been the subject of two major retrospectives--the first in 1976 at the North Carolina Museum of Art and in 1994 at the former City Gallery of Contemporary Art in Raleigh.

Both the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the North Carolina Museum of Art house multiple works by the artist.  He is also in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.

His works were exhibited alongside the New York Color School artists at Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York City in the 1960s.  The Hansley gallery exhibition runs through October 28.