Artist Spotlight + George Dolgy works on view at Manhattan Jack

“I create complex, multi-layered compositions. They are dynamic, yet balanced. I imagine a story or a world behind each painting, but I invite each viewer to imagine his or her own. I hope my canvases provide enough visual clues to discover an infinite amount about the imaginary worlds which are hidden inside my paintings.” – George Dolgy, New Orleans Artist 

Since 1992, George Dolgy has been making a living as an architect. Wanting to express himself freely without financial constraints and building codes, he attended private painting classes for seven years. Following the lessons, he worked in his own studio in Philadelphia for eleven years. It was there that he developed his own unique painting style of creating complex, multi-layered compositions.

Now through April, you’ll be able to digest Dolgy’s work up close and personal with your morning jolt of caffeine at ManhattanJack at 4930 Prytania Street.


Describe your art in three words. Creating a world.

Describe yourself in one word. Architect.

What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? What I love the most is the diversity of New Orleans. I’m in love with the French Quarter, where I used to live for two years.


Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Philip Taaffe, Beatriz Milhazes, Bill Komoski

In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Jazz is my favorite music.

Where can we find you when you are not creating art? On the streets of New Orleans, jogging, biking or sightseeing.


What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Weekends are the most productive time for me. I can submerge into my creative process and see the results right away.

What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I love piglets and collect their images.

Stop by ManhattanJack at 4930 Prytania Street, Monday through Sunday from 6:30am to 6pm, or check out his collection online at