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Geoffrey Laurence

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Birthplace
USA

Birth year
1949

Lives in
Santa Fe

Works in
Santa Fe

Website

Representing galleries
101/Exhibit Gallery, Pacini Lubel Gallery, John Pence Gallery

Tags
figurative, traditional, modern, realism

Statement

I was born in Paterson, New Jersey not long after the end of World WII. My parents were naturalized Americans, refugees from Silesia (a country that no longer exists) and holocaust survivors. When I was 4, my parents moved to England, where I was educated and lived for the next 38 yrs. I attended three art schools in England over seven years during which time I became very interested in learning the skills of drawing and painting that I had observed in many  classical paintings.

Over the next 20 years I worked freelance in various different art related fields. I worked as an illustrator for magazines such as Woman’s World and Look Now, a graphic designer for companies like BP and Pineapple, as a photographer for a London newspaper and as a designer for various fashion companies like Muscle Sport, Pamplemouse, Katherine Hamnett as well as designing T shirt ranges for Walt Disney, Burton and French Connection. In the 90’s I became an interior designer and designed restaurants in London for the Zen chain and others. My work was featured in Royal Institute of British Architects magazine, Vogue and the London Evening Standard.

During those years, I focused as much time as was available to drawing and painting the figure and exhibited whenever I was offered the opportunity to. I returned to fulltime study of classical painting techniques and in 1992 moved to New York where I received my Masters degree Cum Laude at the New York Academy of Art. In 1996 I moved to New Mexico, where I continue to work and live.

My childhood exposure to the arts has always been a foundation for the life long intensity of response I feel toward painting and drawing. The work of other painters, from cave paintings to European masterworks, offered both fascination and real comfort from a kind of loneliness and isolation I felt as a young boy. I received so much meaning and direction from the work of other artists that as a result I have continuously tried to be as devoted and generous by giving back through my own work and teaching.

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EDUCATION

1993-95 New York Academy of Art (MFA cum laude)
1969-71 St. Martins School of Art (BA)
1968-69 London College of Printing
1965-68 Byam Shaw school of Art (LCAD)

SOLO SHOWS

October 2010 - Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2006 'The Reality of Things' LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 ‘Iswaswillbe’ Meisel Art Centre, Denver, Colorado
2001 ‘The Shape of Life’ Linda Durham Contemporary Art, New Mexico
2000 ‘The Truth Dazzles Gradually’ Spazio Gallery, Austin , Texas
1998 ‘New Paintings’ Fred Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1997 ‘New works’ Fred Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1991 Kunstsalon Straetz, Freiburg, Germany
1990 Bartleys Gallery, Dulwich, UK
1990 Pineapple South Kensington, London, UK
1990 Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK

GROUP SHOWS

2012 'Interlopers' Evoke Contemporary, Santa fe, New Mexico
2012 'Heads Up' (Curator Geoffrey Laurence) Steven Boone Gallery, Santa fe, New Mexico

2011 'Emerge' 101/Exhibit Gallery, Miami, Florida
2011 'The Figure Now' (Curator Michael Grimaldi), Fontbonne University Gallery ,St. Louis, Missouri
2011 'I've Got A Secret' (Curators Peter Drake & David Kratz), Forbes Galleries, New York, New York

July 2010 'Re-Presenting the Nude' (Curator John O'Hern), Evoke Gallery, Santa fe, NM
July 2010 'Realism Invitational', Skotia Gallery, Santa fe, New Mexico

2009 Skotia Gallery,Santa fe, New Mexico

2008 'New Realism', Altitude Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008 'What May Be', Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008 '40 Portraits/40 Artist's, Gallery One, Ellensburg, Washington

2007 Altitude Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 14th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Summer Exhibition 2007, NY Academy, New York, NY
2007 Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2007 Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, California

2006 ‘Affaire d’Arte’ Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
2006 ‘The Magnificent Subject’ St.John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005 ‘Drawings’ (Curator Sandy Besser) Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 ‘Small Works’ LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 ‘IX Santa Fe Artists’ (Cur. Prof. J. Mann) Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
2005 ‘Drawings’ Seattle Academy of Art, Seattle, Washington.

2004 ‘Dualities’ LewAllen Contemporary (Curator K. Chang Liu) , Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004 The Impact of War (Curator D. Dominick Lombardi) online www.art.com
2004 ‘Summer In San Francisco’, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004 Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2004 ‘Allegory’, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004 3rd Annual National Drawing Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004 ‘Re-Presenting Representation’, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004 Master Artists Workshop Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

2003 2nd Annual National Drawing Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 Fred Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 The Peace Show, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 Portrait of My Mother, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA
2003 Re-Presenting Representation VI, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
2003 New American Drawings, F. Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 Master Artists Workshop Exhibition, Armory Art Center, Florida

2002 Fred Kline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 ‘Figurative Works’ Invitational, Armory Art Center, Florida
2002 ‘Take Home a Nude’, New York Academy, New York
2002 ARCO,Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Madrid, Spain

2001 ‘Jewish Artists on the Edge’ Yeshiva University Museum, New York
2001 ‘Take Home a Nude’ New York Academy, New York

2000 ‘The American Scene 2’ Van Vechten-Lineberry Museum, Taos, New Mexico
2000 Lizardi Harp Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2000 ‘Real illusions’ Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2000 ‘Jewish artists : On the Edge’,  The Marion Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2000 ‘Paper Made’ Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Recent Exhibits

Geoffrey Laurence participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2012 INTERLOPERS | works on paper
EVOKE Contemporary
 
May, 2011 EMERGE...
101/exhibit
 
Oct, 2010 Inheritance
Skotia Gallery
 
Jul, 2010 Re-Presenting the Nude
EVOKE Contemporary
 
Jul, 2009 NAKED Group Show
Skotia Gallery
 
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