Geoff Harrison

"Painting for me is a journey of self-discovery and I'm constantly pushing myself to the limits of my ability to achieve this. I often feel the aim of my paintings is to punch holes in the gallery walls and let the daylight in, or nightlight depending on the work. The intention is to let the viewer enter these spaces and absorb the psychology in there.

Many of these scenes have been lurking in the back of my mind for years and it’s been a matter of finding an avenue to get them out onto the canvas. The source material may be a photo I took a week ago or many years ago and I look for scenes of no particular beauty or interest, yet when viewed at the right time of day or in a particular light they can become seductive. 

I have to be moved by a scene before I will paint it. I like to explore the dynamic between beauty and loneliness, between isolation and serenity. Sometimes I will juxtapose a sky from one scene with a landscape of another to achieve the desired psychological effect.  

In commenting on the beautiful, if sombre, works of Caspar David Friedrich, author Alain de Botton argues that his work gives us access to a state of mind in which we are acutely aware of the largeness of time and space. This state of mind can put the travails of our daily existence into some perspective."

Geoff Harrison, January 2020

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Recent exhibitions include
solo
2021 Refuge, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2017 Time Passages, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne 2016 The Landscape Within, Tacit Contemporary 2015 Being There, Lillico Glass Studio 2010 New Works, Swaffields Gallery, Trafalgar

group
2020 20[2020], Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Gippsland Artists, Media House Gallery, Melbourne 2015 Uncomfortable Terrain, Montsalvat, Melbourne; Hot August Night, Red Tree Gallery, Jindivick; Linked By Landscape, Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey; Out In The Open, West Gippsland Art Centre, Warragul 2014 Pakenham Art Prize [Winner] 2013 Bronze & Paint, White Hill Gallery, Dromana; Ficifolia Art Exhibition, Drouin 2012 A World Without Time, Meeniyan Art Gallery; Present & Absent, Art Hub, Yarragon 2011 Time & Space, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell 2010 Figures In The Shed, Meeniyan Art Gallery