George Riney







George Riney

George Riney

Chicago, IL


About the Artist…..George E. Riney

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, George’s artistic talents were recognized at an early age. He became a student of art and continued his education at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, George became intrigued with furniture design. He graduated with a degree in interior design in 1968 and was promptly drafted for Vietnam.

While in Vietnam, George painted names and cartoon characters on 105 Howitzers, giving each one its own personality. After returning to the states from Vietnam, George started painting more seriously using acrylics as his medium.

After Vietnam, George entered the furniture business. Realizing that most people could not envision a completed room, George drew upon his artistic talents and would draw interior renderings for clients. He did this as a salesman for Kroehler Furniture; as a designer and manufacturer of furniture for his own company; and ultimately at his retail furniture store in Hinsdale, Illinois. George attributes much of his success to helping the clients visualize a completed room before they ever bought.

With encouragement from his clients, George started drawing not only interiors of homes but the exteriors as well. He provided them with landscaping renderings, which allowed the customer to visualize the end result prior to spending thousands of dollars.

As word spread of his talents, builders and homebuyers would ask George for his opinions on real estate, before they ever built or purchased a property. In the case of builders – he would draw a rendering of the house to show the builder/rehabber/homebuyer what the house could look like upon its completion – including landscaping before an offer was submitted. His consultation with the client allowed them to not only visualize a completed project but also facilitated them in making an offer.

In 2000, George decided to phase out of the retail furniture/accessories store. It was time for a new challenge. George now works as a consultant to clients who need assistance with their interiors and exteriors, including landscaping. He nourishes his entrepreneurial spirit by studying companies, their products, their top management and the market and subsequently day trading stocks.

George has always continued to paint and sold many of his paintings in his retail store. After he and his wife, Pamela moved to the city of Chicago, George became inspired by his surroundings. He truly believes that Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. George finds the lake – intriguing; the creative botanical arrangements found throughout the city – magnificent; and the attention-to-detail used in developing such grand architecture – awe inspiring. His paintings are “impressionistic”. They convey vivid color that lures you into the abstract imagery of all the beauty he sees in and around Chicago.

Many weekends are spent in New Buffalo, Michigan, where he witnesses the city from the “other side”. Thus many of George’s paintings provide the viewer with his interpretation of the city from the “other side” of the lake. He now shows and sells his work at The Villager and The Villager’s Frisky Frog in the heart of New Buffalo, Michigan.

George’s paintings are at Penny’s Noodles at Diversey and Sheffield. He is on a rotation schedule at Argo Tea at various locations in Chicago – currently at Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue, Merchandise Mart and State and Randolph (in the theater district).

George’s artistic talents also include photography. He loves capturing beauty and interesting subject matter. He has photographed many countries and local attractions, but he is most interested in what he has titled “Chicago’s Other Side”. George has a deep compassion for the less fortunate and sees that as a complete contrast to all the beauty the world has to offer. Through his photography of “Chicago’s Other Side”, it is George’s hope that the public develops an awareness of the less fortunate – that the public can feel and identify with the people in need. It is truly his hope that his photography can create more compassion in giving to the less fortunate while enjoying “the City of Lights”. Email: Phone: 312-320-5856 - artist - George Riney – view available paintings


Offshore Chicago by George Riney


Neon Reflections by George Riney


Monroe Harbor - SOLD by George Riney


A Day to Reflect - SOLD by George Riney


Not Alone - sold by George Riney


The Regatta - SOLD by George Riney


Starting the Day - SOLD by George Riney


Night on the Docks - SOLD by George Riney


Chicago Lake Breeze by George Riney


Magnificent View -SOLD by George Riney


Stormy Flight - Sold by George Riney


Let the Party Begin - SOLD by George Riney


Chicago Regatta II - SOLD by George Riney


Chicago Twilight - SOLD by George Riney


Riding High by George Riney


Rainbow Sky - SOLD by George Riney


From Across the Lake - SOLD by George Riney


Midnight Sail - SOLD by George Riney


Glory Day Pastel by George Riney


As the Wind Blows - SOLD by George Riney


Stop 37 - SOLD by George Riney


Fish School Out - SOLD by George Riney


Joy Peace Happiness by George Riney


Chicago CityScapes by George Riney


Chicago in August - SOLD by George Riney


Belmont Harbor - SOLD by George Riney


City of Tall Buildings by George Riney


Reflections on the Lake by George Riney


One Two Three Four Sailing by George Riney


Mankind - SOLD by George Riney


Chicago - Ohio Street Beach - SOLD by George Riney


Chicago Monroe Harbor by George Riney


Beyond - SOLD by George Riney


Magenta Sky over Chicago SOLD by George Riney


Sandy Shores - SOLD by George Riney


Topside by George Riney


The Storm by George Riney


House on the Water's Edge - SOLD by George Riney


Waves on the Drive by George Riney


Feeling Good Chicago by George Riney


A Windy Day Racing - SOLD by George Riney


Chicago Village Nights by George Riney


Brillant Night - SOLD by George Riney


Heat of the Day by George Riney


A Perfect Day by George Riney


Entering the Night - SOLD by George Riney


End of a Perfect Day by George Riney


The Race is On - SOLD by George Riney