Born in London in 1915, George Dannatt qualified as a chartered surveyor following his studies at the College of Estate Management. From 1944 he had a career as a music critic for the London News Chronicle which lasted for twelve years. At turning point in his life occurred when his brother invited him to meet the artist Adrian Heath in his Soho studio as it was here that he first encountered constructivist art.
Following this encounter, Dannatt stopped writing music criticism for the national press in order to concentrate his efforts into painting. His first exhibition was at the Penwith gallery in St Ives. He eventually settled in Cornwall where the coastal landscape informed his Constructivism. His works are characterised by muted forms, tones and colours arranged with a harmony that lends itself to quiet contemplation and enjoyment.