|GEORGE QUAINTANCE was born in the village of Alma, Virginia, in 1902.
At the age of eighteen, he moved to New York to study drawing and painting at the Art Students League. After graduation, he started to work for advertisement firms and as a portrait artist for affluent socialites. During the subsequent years, he became interested and also made a career in ballet, coiffure design, and photography.
The artist moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1948 to specialize in painting and photographing male athletes for popular physique magazines. In the early 1950s, he set up his own studio in Phoenix, Arizona, where he created the works of male figurative art he is best known for today.
George Quaintance died of a heart attack in 1957.
Photograph by Edwin F. Townsend