In February 2010 Jules George was sponsored and officially sanctioned as a Ministry of Defence war artist to visit Afghanistan with the 11th Light Brigade. He was primarily attached to the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards), also spending time on operations with the Household Cavalry Regiment.
In response he created a large body of paintings, based on his original drawings, reflecting his vivid experiences in Helmand. Culminating in a highly publicised exhibition Into the Valley – Scenes of an Afghan Conflict shown at Bonhams (New Bond Street, London) July/August 2011, travelling on to Bonhams (Edinburgh) November 2012.
Notable acquisitions were made by the National Army Museum, York Art Gallery and a member of The Royal Family.
Jules George was invited by the Royal Navy, sponsored again by the MOD, to spend time at sea on the Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll.
He has made four trips aboard Argyll drawing the various facets of on-going operations, including trips to the Arabian Gulf/Indian Ocean (November/December 2011) and most recently the Falklands/South Atlantic (June/July 2013).
The National Museum of the Royal Navy has acquired a number of these drawings for their collection.
Jules George is currently creating a set of paintings based on his powerful and evocative time at sea.
Throughout his career and concurrent to his other projects Jules George has produced numerous portraits and figure studies. Portraits have been commissioned by a variety of individuals and organisations, including Southampton University, Bonhams and J & D Stein.
Notable subjects have included the actor Ewen Bremner, the explorer Benedict Allen and the Senegalese musician Hamed Kane.He has exhibited portraits at the Morrison Scottish Portrait Awards, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Discerning Eye and the Garrick Milne Portrait Prize.
Moving to Suffolk and particularly following the loss of his father in 2007, Jules George spent time walking the local paths and trails in the Suffolk landscape - documenting the views. The body of work produced at this time evokes the flavour of bygone days - following the long journeyman tradition of travel drawing and of 19th Century newspaper engraving - creating images on a series of canvases and prints combining bright colour and the play and interplay of horizontal planes and lines. These works were shown in a large exhibition entitled Promenade at The Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh in September 2008.
A sequel It is Always Morning Somewhere in the World followed at the Snape Maltings Gallery in May 2011.
A number of images from these exhibitions are reproduced in the book Aldeburgh – A Song of the Sea written by Tim Coates and published by ACC in 2013.