This first period is identified by the strong assimilation of early Canadian painting style and an early competence in the handling of the medium. The landscapes and street scapes particularly refer to a language already spoken by Canadian Painters who were painting with a National perspective. These early works already hint at a colour palate which will become integral to the a spiritual dialogue which becomes more developed and pronounced throughout his career. Themes of passing through without an entrance, slightly haunting and surreal perspectives and viewpoints are already evident.
By the end of the 1950’s, George Forgie felt he was stagnating! Opening his eyes to an art world beyond his borders, his imagination grew. Change was evident.