George Eisenberg’s career as an illustrator and fine artist spans close to 70 years. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in 1942 followed by three and a half years of service in WWll.
While serving in World War II aboard the USS LaVallette, from 1942 through 1945, 21-year-old Eisenberg began chronicling life in the South Pacific, in over 360 paintings and drawings. Sailor’s Diary represents one of America’s largest collections of WWII art created by a single artist, and has been honored four times by the U.S. Government.
After the war, Eisenberg returned to his home in Massachusetts where he worked as a freelance illustrator for several years. From 1949 to 1954, he was a feature illustrator for the Boston Post Magazine. His color illustrations appeared on the covers and with inside stories of this weekly publication.
In 1954, Eisenberg joined Associated Free Lance Artists, a collaborative artist studio in Grand Central Station, New York. He created billboards, print advertising, and illustrations for editorial magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Boy’s Life, Ebony, and Red Book Magazine.
After marrying Gabrielle Bergman, Eisenberg moved back to New England where he raised a family and continued to work as a freelance artist for a multitude of clients. He created the first illustrations for Hasbro’s original GI Joe action figures, game covers for Milton Bradley, and paintings for Gillette-sponsored World Series promos that opened the games on TV for several years. His illustrations were on billboards, in books, and in educational textbooks published by Little Brown, D.C. Heath, and Houghton Mifflin Company, to name a few.
In the late 1970s, Eisenberg’s career turned towards the fine arts, as private and public commissions for portraits, paintings, and lithographs took precedence. His work today reflects New England scenes, his travels abroad, and commissioned portraits.
Over the years, Eisenberg has received many awards recognizing his talents in both fine arts and illustration. He and his wife, Gabrielle, maintain a studio in New England.