George Sorrels was born in Ennis, Texas, in 1944. After growing up in Dallas, he earned a B.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin (1968) and an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1971). He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1999 by The University of Texas Department of Art and Art History.
Sorrels was honored with several artist-in-residencies including a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Cortona, Italy; The University of Texas Organization for Tropical Research and Exploration in the jungles of Venezuela; and the Weir Farm National Historical Site. The Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is collecting his documents, correspondence, works on paper, and sketchbooks in the George Sorrels Papers.
Sorrels was represented by Kennedy Galleries, NYC, for 15 years and had numerous exhibitions of his work there--both solo and group. He was subsequently represented by Gerald Peters Galleries, NYC, for 6 years and earlier represented by galleries in Bethesda, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Dallas. In addition to these gallery exhibitions, Sorrels' work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the United States.