Geoff works on 300 GSM Fabriano Artistico or Arches Cold Press Paper, preferring a good “tooth” for applying color. The pictures are set up in sepia pencil then color is applied with the techniques of layering, burnishing, incising and scraffito.
His lifelong passion for photography has meant that this art form plays a key role in the creative process assisting in subject selection, composition, color and especially light. His drawings however, are always more luminous.
Earth and water
In recent years a major theme to emerge in Geoff’s work is earth and water, particularly the interaction between red rock and reflected water in the red centre of Australia and the wilderness of America’s South West. Drawing inspiration from a number of field trips, Geoff’s paintings of this period exhibit a luminosity and stillness that captures the spirit of these unique places. Geoff lost the majority of his hearing in 1991 – a major impetus for his move to painting full time – and you will often find oblique reference to ears and hearing in his work. He finds humanity in nature, in particular the inanimate form of ancient rock.
Geoff returned to Central Australia in 2003, for the first time since the 1960s, for a field trip to gather inspiration for an exhibition he was holding in Melbourne later that year. He visited Uluru, Glen Helen, Ormiston Gorge, the Breakaways and Standley Chasm. His excursions took him deep into gorges, where the light seems to be eminating from the water, to open vistas burnished bronze and bathed in purple light.
National Parks of America’s South West
In 2002, a trip to the west coast of the USA yielded a wealth of resources for another exhibition. The sheer faces of Zion canyon, to the wind carved formations of Monument Valley, and the eerie silence of Lake Powell.
The Victorian Coast
Inspiration has come from closer to home for Geoff as well. From his seaside holiday house at Waratah Bay, two and a half hours south east of Melbourne, Geoff has made many journeys to surrounding areas such as Cape Liptrap, Walkerville and Corner Inlet. Wilson’s Promontory National Park – as for many Victorians – has special significance for Geoff and his family. The clear light that bathes this area, the banksias and granite boulders that look so anthropomorphic, the tea tree stained water of Tidal River – all this is the stunning subject matter of Geoff’s Victorian paintings.
To arrange a viewing or for more information, contact via email: geoffsargeant @ myself.com