An American Artist, Illustrator and Portraiture painter born in Erie, Pennsylvania. George attended The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. He recently received an Honorary Masters of Visual 20Arts Degree and
Alumni of the Year Award from that same institution as a reward for a career that has brought his reputation as an artist and graphic innovator to the highest levels of the field.
After a career that began in Kansas City, Missouri at Hallmark Cards and included for the next decade working in several advertising art studios, George decided to set in motion the forming of the George Gaadt Studio, a free-lance venture that is still valid today.
A life-long passion for sports led him to a 25 year career with the National Football League as an Illustrator and Eastern Regional photographer. His clients also included the Major League Baseball, Basketball and Football Halls of Fame. Several of his major projects were paintings for the Pittsburgh Steelers 50th Anniversary and
in 2007 creating the painting for their 75th Anniversary poster.
Beyond George’s interest in sports, military history has played a major role in his career. As a young boy to present day, drawing, painting and collecting history have been a primary inspiration. These activities culminated recently in a series of paintings for the US Army in Europe and Korea.
One of the many highlights of his career was having his painting “Last Stand at Fort Ligonier” featured in “200 Years of American Illustration”. This significant exhibition was sponsored by the New York Society of Illustrators and exhibited at the New York Historical Society Museum to celebrate in conjunction with our country’s 200 years of greatness.
George has received over 95 awards and appeared in numerous New York Society of Illustrators Exhibition and annuals as a member artist. He has lectured widely and is a former instructor at Carnegie-Mellon University and Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA. In addition to teaching and lecturing he has served on the boards of Sewickley Valley Historical Society, Sweetwater Center for the Arts and Daniel B. Matthews Historical Society, Sewickley, PA. His professional memberships include The Portrait Society of America, The New York Society of Illustrators and Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.
Gaadt’s extensive and prolific body of work has been recognized and exhibited both nationally and internationally in England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and China.
Currently Mr. Gaadt is a business partner in a marketing and military history-based business, Noble Lancer Productions, LLC.
Recent Client News
Butler Bantam Jeep Festival
George was recently commisioned to create artwork featuring the 1940 Bantam Reconnaissance Car, the original jeep. Only 300 hand-signed and numbered 16x20 prints were produced. The second-annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, which takes place Aug. 10-12 in Butler, PA is expected to attract more than 1,500 Jeeps to the area. Read more about the artist here:
Jeep Art: Limited Edition Print Supports Butler Bantam Jeep Festival
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Superbowl Championships Commemorative Poster
George was personally selected by Art Rooney Jr. to illustrate the Steelers 6 Superbowl Championships poster.
Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Poster
Mr. Gaadt had been personally selected by Art Rooney Jr. to illustrate the
Steelers 75th Anniversary poster. The poster is currently available for sale
on the Steelers website.
See George's television interview about the artwork
on Pittsburgh Today LIVE - Steelers Aniversary Art (Video)
The following are links to a few of George's Professional Associations
as well as related websites resources.
West Penn Art
Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
New York Society of Illustrators
Portrait Society of America
Sewickley Valley Historical Society
Society of American Historical Artists