New Zealand born, from the islands of Rarotonga and Atiu, Ian moved with his partner, artist Kay George, to Rarotonga to explore the home islands of his parents and understand their upbringing and ultimately their reasons for leaving for New Zealand. The Georges established The Art Studio Gallery, in the village of Arorangi, which is today recognised as one of the leading galleries in the Pacific. George works primarily in acrylic on canvas and board.
Cook Islands themes that move from the
Ian has participating in workshops and exhibitions in New Zealand, Rarotonga, Australia, New Caledonia and London. In 1998, he curated Paringa Ou (Cook Island Museum, National Museum in Fiji and Fisher Gallery, Auckland) the first major exhibition of contemporary art by Cook Island artists residing in New Zealand to travel to the Cook Islands. George also co curated Te Ata Ou (2003) which was a response to Paringa Ou. Te Ata Ou traveled to Christchurch to be part of the PAA Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.