(Image: Geoffrey Laurence, Red,Oil on canvas on board, 1984/5; © Geoffrey Laurence)
I was born in Patterson, 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.
(Image: Geoffrey Laurence, Prophet, 26" X 20", Oil on canvas, 2007; © Geoffrey Laurence)
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.
Education: MFA from New York Academy of Art.
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