This exquisite oil by Geoff Dyer (1947-2020) from 2016 depicts on of Dyer’s favourite subjects from the West Coast, Ocean Beach. Dyer returned to this subject matter on countless occasions, capturing is changing presence against the ever shifting light.
Dyer has painted an impasto textured surface across the canvas, using colourful gold and violet tones to represent the sky, merging into deep purples of the water. Dyer painted this area, with its wild rugged coastal around Ocean Beach for over 40 years, returning there often to capture the illusive essence and power of the Tasmanian west coast.
Geoff Dyer had a highly celebrated professional career spanning over fifty years, with countless solo exhibition nationally, as well as exhibitions in Singapore, Guangdong and New York. His work is held in numerous important collections including the National Portrait Gallery, Artbank, the University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Dyer was hung in the New South Wales Art Gallery over twenty times as a finalist in the Archibald prize (1993, 1996, 1999 -2004, 2006 and 2011), Wynne Prize (1977, 1988–1993, 1998, 2004) and Sulman Prize (1997, 2006). Dyer became an Archibald finalist for the first time in 1993 with a portrait of environmentalist and Federal Green’s leader, Bob Brown. His last portrait, included a portrait of David Walsh, founder of MONA. Most notably, Dyer won the Archibald Prize in 2003 with a portrait of writer, conservationist and friend, Richard Flanagan.
GEOFF DYER (1947-2020)
Approaching Twilight 2016
Oil on linen
92 x 183 cm
Signed lower right
Private Collection Sydney