Picture this: A white walled well-lit studio come living space tucked deep within the New Forest, filled with original oil paintings, a grand piano and in the midst of it all the owner and creator – George Kreizler. Ingenious, inventive and gifted it is difficult for Kreizler to recall a time when he wasn’t either creating a new artwork, symphony or piece of literature, or at least thinking about where the next piece of work would take him. Often working on various projects in parallel he’ll compose, paint and write on the piece that seems right at the time, often spending months or even years completing a creation until it is exactly right.
Fascinated by art since the age of seven da Vinci was his hero but he also drew inspiration from Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin to name but a few. Also consumed with music from classical to pop and jazz the theme of romance was consistently what consumed his passions and his love of all things utopian, idyllic and beautiful took hold. ‘Angel of Peace’ was created during this early venture into the world of art and highlights his devotion to romantic themes.
Since his early days growing up in Glasgow, where he attended the Glasgow School of Art, George has travelled the world settling for spells in Tenerife and America where he immersed himself in the distinctive cultures and has repeatedly drawn inspiration from his surroundings. In latter years George has settled in the New Forest engulfed in the glorious countryside that he so adores and devoting himself to his passions of painting, composing and writing.
Says George “What drives me, inspires me, where do I get my inspiration from, and what are the things that make me happy and sad and where do I see myself 2 years from now. Well these are big questions and not easily answered in one sentence but I will give it my best shot so here goes.
When you have talent it must not be wasted, it must consume you; become its slave in order to become its master. If I wanted to paint a portrait, depending on the subject, I would look to Rembrandt and da Vinci for my inspiration and let their spirits become part of my soul, and for a landscape, Constable, Turner and Monet to name but three, and to Dali for surrealism such as my depiction of Armageddon. But let it be said that I do not imitate; I have an image of what I wish to create and only use my favourite artists for spiritual guidance. There is an invisible force that is with me most of the time when I paint or compose a piece of music or play a piece by another composer. Having said that, the feeling can be so overwhelming I’ll break out in a cold sweat and within a few seconds be totally drained of energy having put it all into my art. I am sure many artists have similar experiences. What then inspires me, I suppose seeking perfection, it’s a monster and it is addictive so be careful lest it drive you crazy, after all beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, something you may consider ugly will be beautiful to someone else. Therefore know when to stop or you will end up destroying everything you have created and that is a waste of talent.
So what makes me happy and what makes me sad. Answering the latter first, poverty makes me sad, having been no stranger to it over the years, but other peoples’ plight of poverty and misery makes me even more sorrowful, or the suffering of animals, the destruction of our forests the Amazon for instance, the pollution of our sky and oceans, the list seams endless. What then makes me happy, people being happy, no discourse, no unpleasantness, but on a more personal note I would have to say painting and enjoying a good conversation with friends and of course playing the piano and composing music the latter of which I have not done for years, simply no time.
To the final question of where I would like to see myself in two years’ time, to be recognised for my talent as an artist and to live a quiet and peaceful life devoted to my work.”