George was born on July 8, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of four children of Edward and Georgiana Jirasek. As a young man, George attended Arlington Heights High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking in 1975 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He later attended Robert Morris College in Chicago, receiving an Associates in Applied Science degree in Computer Graphic Arts and Visual Communications in 1995.
George moved to Milwaukee in 2002, quickly becoming a fixture in the visual art and experimental music community. Many will remember George as Assistant to former Hotcakes Gallery owner Mike Brenner from 2004-2008.
It was in Milwaukee that George began serious focus on his work in photography, developing a singular style, as well as experimental video and sound, often collaborating with other artists. George was a life-long learner, teaching himself how to use various types of creative software while keeping a keen and critical eye on the latest in artistic digital technologies.
Though often shy in social situations, George's enthusiasm for experimental art and music was unbridled, and the support he consistently showed to fellow artists and their work will not be forgotten.
George is survived by his brother Robert, two nephews, James (Sara) and Bryan, one niece, Jessica, and three great nieces, Kaelyn, Ashlynn and Jane. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James, and one sister, Judy.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Clearbrook, an organization dedicated to creating innovative opportunities, services and supports to people with disabilities. Donations may be made at clearbrook.org or by mail to Clearbrook, 1835 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005.
Those who wish to express condolences to George's family should email us at marydm at crickettoes dot com and we will provide you with the contact information.
For our part, we wish to say that George will be truly missed. His quick, sometimes acerbic but always honest wit was a rare quality indeed. We were lucky enough to have collaborated with him on many occasions, witnessing his creative process up close. We were also fortunate to have viewed and experienced a copious amount of his individual work, which he generously shared with us over our 12-year friendship.
More of George's work can be viewed on Vimeo, where his channel will remain online for the foreseeable future and serve as his artistic digital legacy, which is exactly what George would've wanted.