Isle of Purbeck, Jurassic Coast, Dorset , United Kingdom
About Geoff Francis
Award-winning artist Geoff Francis has been selected four times into the juried round in Saatchi Showdowns. His photography has also won awards. His work is attracting a keen interest and is considered very collectable.
'Of late, as I paint, words come into my head as clues to what the emerging painting is saying for me. When it has been finished some time later, perhaps, even immediately, the meaning comes clear. It's like looking back into a dream which has dredged itself from my subconscious.
'I have returned to experimenting with strong sculptural effects using the canvas and the paint. As always I make use of mainly reclaimed commercial paint which otherwise, if buried, would be a poison in the earth. This perhaps embodies the message of the painting in the medium.'
Geoff's painting 'Imagine No John Lennon' won through to the second, juried, round of the Saatchi Abstract Showdown (March 2012), one of just 300 chosen from an initial 3300 entrants.
His surreal painting 'Blind Cheetah with a Human Skin Coat' was just one of 300 selected out of more than 2200 entries in the first round of the Saatchi Surreal Showdown (July 2012).
His photograph 'Chance Encounter on Kimmeridge Bay' was the winner of the Close Up Coast category in the Jurassic Coast Photography Award 2013.
His photo 'Life Dance' was shortlisted in the prestigious Thames 21 Photography Award 2013 and has been exhibited in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Geoff's photo 'Reflections in TIme' won through to the juried round in the Saatchi Showdown 'Bright Lights Big City' in May 2013.
His painting 'Nature's Reclamation' made it to the top 10% in the Back to Nature Saatchi Showdown in August 2013.
Geoff Francis has been a full time artist for over 20 years. The bold but irresistible step of becoming an artist at the age of 40 allowed him the confidence in the uniqueness of his own and interesting eye, giving him freedom from the constraints and limitations of more conventional avenues. This vision can be seen in his work with both canvas and camera.
Geoff brings a particular emotion and depth to his art, whether through the lens or with paint, which is why it has often found a place in the home of other celebrated artists and performers. Some have found resonances in his images with expressionist and impressionist artists such as Turner, Rothko, Freud, Chagall and Bacon. His work has a strong following.
At the core of Geoff's art (and life) is his love and respect for nature and all those we share the world with. Geoff seeks to capture the moment of inevitable chance in the making of the work, and particularly what happens with light in that moment.
Geoff is also a published writer, poet and filmmaker. The areas he has found particularly inspirational are East Anglia, the Isle of Wight and Dorset.
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May 2013 Shortlisted for his photograph 'Reflections in Time' in the Saatchi 'Bright Lights Big City' Showdown
April 2013 Shortlisted in Thames 21 Photography Award
March 2013 Winner 'Close Up Coast' category - Jurassic Coast Photography Award 2013
July 2012 Shortlisted for his surreal painting 'Blind Cheetah with a Human Skin Coat' in the Saatchi Surreal Showdown
March 2012 Shortlisted for his painting 'Imagine No John Lennon' in the Saatchi Gallery Abstract Showdown
Represented by Sticks Gallery, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
5th-30th April 2013. Thames 21 Photography Award exhibition, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
29th Mar-19th Apr 2013 Jurassic Coast Photography Award 2013 exhibition (winners and commended photos): Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Dorset
12th May 2013 Solo selling exhibition of art photography and original art at the Orange Grove Centre, Norwich
14th-20th May 2013 Jurassic Coast Photography Award 2013 exhibition (winners and commended photos): Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, Dorset
June 2013 Jurassic Coast Photography Award 2013 exhibition (winners and commended photos): The Lulworth Heritage Centre, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
July-August 2013 Expressionist Nudes - paintings and prints at Sinsins Lovestore, Norwich
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 Solo Exhibition 'Twelve', River Green, Norwich - abstract paintings
2012 'artist geoff francis @ River Green: Photographs from Nature' 12 photographs from nature at River Green, Norwich.
2012-ongoing Permanent solo exhibition of expressionist abstract paintings and art photographs at The Orange Grove Complementary Health Clinic, Norwich
2012 'Art for Animals' Solo exhibition of paintings of animals and photographs from nature at the Garden House, Norwich.
2012 Extended solo exhibition of abstract paintings and atmospheric photographs at Tatlers Restaurant, Norwich
2012 Solo exhibition of Expressionist Nudes at The Garden House, Norwich
2011 'Following the Light' Solo exhibition of photography and paintings at the artist's studio, Norwich
2008-2010 Exhibition of paintings at Durlston Castle, Swanage. Donation from proceeds to Durlston Castle Project Fund
2005 Exhibition of paintings at Harris Interiors Gallery, Lower Parkstone, Dorset
2003 Exhibition of work co-produced with Anna Macmiadhachain, a renowned Naive artist, Swanage
2000 Exhibition of paintings at Shipton Street Gallery, Hoxton
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 ongoing A curated art photography and original art selling exhibition at Sticks Gallery, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
2012 Selling exhibition of original art and art photographs at Souzil 1200 Gallery, Braintree
2012 '60 Exceptional Paintings' Exhibition, The Space, Norwich A curated group exhibition, with 19 paintings and art photographs by geoff francis
2007 Exhibition of paintings at Pxaxx Interior Design, Westbourne
2006 Exhibited 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' interactive installation, at Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park
2003 Exhibition of Colour Analysis installation. paintings, and showing of Chakra Journey DVD, Brampton's Original Art Gallery, South Woodford
1999 Exhibition of paintings at The Reading Centre, Reading
1997 Exhibition of paintings at Bournemouth International Centre Trade Show