Vale Geoff Dyer

1947 - 2020

Despard Gallery is deeply saddened to announce the passing Geoff Dyer, one of Tasmania’s most important and celebrated contemporary artists. Geoff was a true innovator within the contemporary art scene, helping draw national attention towards the rugged beauty and rich natural assets of Tasmania through his commanding interpretations.   Geoff lived and breathed paint, constantly driven to make his mark and share his love of the landscape, in all its many forms and ambience.

We have lost a true character, friend and talent.  His love of Tasmania, its people and landscape will continue to resonate through the legacy of what can only be described as a momentous and critical body of work. Geoff’s significant creative achievements reflect his determination and passion as great artist. His paintings continued to increase in visual strength over the decades, ensuring that his iconic large scale works will remain an important part of Tasmania’s cultural history for years to come.

Geoff Dyer Ocean Beach September 2020 (The last oil)