Geoff Dyer (1947-2020) will remain firmly etched into Tasmania’s cultural history as one of our most celebrated contemporary painters. His artistic legacy continues to live on through his work.
Throughout his fifty-year career as an artist, Geoff lived to paint, happiest in the chaos of his studio surrounded by a plethora of spent paint tubes, discarded rags and remnants of past endeavours. His significant artistic achievements reflect this determination and passion, compelled to capture the Tasmanian landscape and exhibit work to his many friends and followers. His evocative oils capturing the imagination, complexity and raw beauty that underpins the Tasmanian landscape experience.
Selected Works From The Artist’s Studio represents an exhibition planned with Geoff over the past 12 months. The gallery is honoured to host a modest, but poignant survey of early and recent works, including his last studio painting.
Geoff had a unique capacity to evoke light through paint, capturing a sense of atmosphere and charging each work with an unmistakable strength and intensity. Key to each interpretation was the overall tone. This included the damp cold greens reminiscent of Cockle Creek, the thick heavy blues of Ocean Beach and the fierce reds and oranges from his Fire Series. This exhibition acknowledges these underlining tones found in Geoff’s work and has been curated to share the vivid contrasts captured across his practice, presenting sixteen major oils, a suite of smaller studies, as well as a small selection of works on paper, painted plein air from Dolphin Sands.
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