In her recent book, Professor Vrudny locates beauty as the 'vineyard' of a just and loving community and integrates the idea of beauty and the role of art as crucial to the work of theology. She uses 8 paintings by 8 different artists as focal points for her exploration of contemporary christian thinking in what she terms is "this age of anguish and anticipation", sharing profound insights from her own rich experience and from her extensive knowledge of the scriptures, letting us see both the harsh reality of suffering and the imperative of hope in fresh and contemporary ways.
I am deeply honoured for my painting 'Hold Fast' to be chosen as the focus for one of the chapters and to be amongst such illustrious company.
Other artists in the book are Jerome Wtkin, Rothko, Samuel Bak, Kehinde Wiley, Seladin Stafa, Kukuli Velarde, Ricardo Cinalli.
Kimberly Vrudny is an associate professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches and publishes in the areas of political theology, theological aesthetics, and the arts. She is also the senior editor of the academic journal ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.
Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and
Humanities Art Gallery
Anschutz Medical Campus
13080 E. 19th Ave. Aurora, CO 80045
3rd April - 2nd August 2016
A solo show of my holocaust work to mark national Holocaust Remembrance month.
Just as the sciences require special facilities to support human discovery, so also must the arts have distinctive spaces to celebrate human imagination. The gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion is dedicated to bridging the cultural divide between science and art to explore the most essential questions about human experience: who we are and how do we care for one another?
Past exhibits also curated by Simon Zalkind for the Fulginiti have included work by Russian artist Ernst Neizvestny, Sarah Richter, Jenny Morgan,The Joe Bonham Project, Natalie Kutner, Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman.
"THE magazine asked a clinical psychologist and two people who love art for their take on this 2015 oil-on-canvas painting —Departure— by Geoffrey Laurence. They were shown only the image and were given no other information."
An interesting article idea in the current bi-monthly edition of THE magazine - three people were seperately sent an image of a painting, all of them unknown to the artist and including a psychologist. They were asked for their understanding and interpretation of the painting. In this issue they were shown my painting 'Departure' in its initial grisaille layer stage. I found it fascinating how different they all are to each other and to my own interpretation of the piece.
"Focusing on the work of Santa Fe painter Geoffrey Laurence, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, this show features work that evokes emotional response. Laurence draws upon his experience as an illustrator for magazines, such as Woman's World, and in graphic and interior design, to ground his work in realism, but moves his figurative paintings into emotional narratives with gentle, subliminal effects."
'EMOTION IN MOTION' Solo Show
124 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
4th - 31st December 2015
I am having a solo show at Lacuna Galleries during the month of December. Some old and some new works will be on exhibit. If you happen to be in Santa Fe during December please do come and see it. Opening is on the 4th 5-7pm.
I am pleased to announce my joining the Lacuna Gallery in Santa Fe, located downtown in an historic building just near the plaza. Olaf and Sheryle Moon, owners of Lacuna Galleries, come from a long line of artists, originating in the 1700’s in Fife, Scotland, and now largely resident in Australia, but also with members in the UK and USA.
I look much forwards to showing wiith them.
Its not often that the public gets to see the private collections that an artist's works reside in. Santa Fe based art collector and good friend George Goldstein is featured in American Art Collector magazine this month with some of my works that he owns shown. "When asked about his advice for other collectors, [George] replies, "I follow my heart, and then my head will follow. If a piece speaks to me, I buy it. But I allow myself 24 hours to think about it (I've lost art that way.) I think about what it means to me, and can I live the rest of my life with it?"
A nice write-up about the gallery in Vetta magazine. Pick up a copy if you are in Austin, TX
An interesting idea - notable collectors showing some of their favourite pieces, not necessarily for resale, together in a gallery space setting.
A good friend and collector of my work, Ronald Collins, is lending one of my pieces from his extensive collection, along with other works. If you are in San Francisco during November, go have a glass of wine at the reception and see.
Featured collectors are Ronald Collins, Thomas DeWitt, Charles Himmelblau, Andrew Teufel, Michael Verdone and Kevin Webber. Among other artists exhibited are works by Leonora Fini, Leonora Carrington, William Baziotes, Alice Rahon, Lyndall Bass and Yang Yongliang.
Show opens Saturday November 3rd 2014. Collectors' private reception: Nov 15th 4-6 p.m.
Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post Street, Suite 310, San Francisco, CA 94108
Open Tues - Sat 10am-5.30pm TEL: 415.291.8000 firstname.lastname@example.org
am delighted to have joined Kathryn Goodnite Fine Art (formerly Gallery
702) in Austin, Texas. Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, currently at the rate of 150 people moving there per day .The gallery is located in the historic Bremond Block District, a Victorian-era neighborhood located near the centre of downtown.
The gallery will be present at numerous art fairs
during the year and will be welcoming guests with a grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 18th. The gallery will primarily represent national and international artists, along with new and emerging Texas talent.
New Mexico Painters Exhibition ~ First Invitational
AUGUST 17 -OCTOBER 15 2014
Hylands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico
I have two paintings in this first invitational show at the new Kennedy Hall exhibition space at Hylands University campus in Las Vegas.
Curated by Dr. James Mann with more than 50 established and up-and-coming New Mexico artists including: Jerry West, Geoffrey Laurence,
Sara Novenson, Lyndall Bass, Monika Steinhoff, William Gonzales, Anthony Ryder, Sarah McCarty, Nacho Jaramillo, Joel Greene, Thayer Carter and Janet Stein-Romero.
“This exhibition demonstrates once again that New Mexico has a community of sophisticated artists of national importance.These artists are at the forefront of the remaking of visual art.
The state’s spectacular natural environment provides inspiring energy for these artists’ unique work. Both New Mexico culture and global concerns are well represented. It’s an ambitious exhibition,” said Mann, who curated more than 50 exhibitions from 1996-2005 for the Las Vegas Art Museum in Nevada. “There’s an enormous variety of subject matter, ranging from portraiture and still life to landscape and mythology.”
Opening reception 4-7 p.m. August 17 2014
Margaret Kennedy Hall, New Mexico Highlands University, 905 University Ave., Las Vegas, N.M.
'On Fine Art' - August 2014
John Coppola, NYC art critic and former New York Academy alumni has written a nice piece about me in his ongoing, online art blog. You can find it at his website below .
I was called in by Steven Prins, the internationally known painting conservator, to help with inpainting on a canvas reputedly by the Italian 18th century painter Francesco Guardi. The picture arrived in Steven's studio in an extremely poor state with heavy losses and abrasion and a broken frame. The painting was relined and then, after it was stabilised and the losses filled, I did my best to replicate the master's brushwork, using resin conservation colours and gouche. It has taken me over 6 months to complete and it is now finished, in a newly carved and gold leafed reproduction of its original frame and is back in the collection of its happy owner.
You can view the before and after results, with close up details, by clicking here
TREKELL Brush Company
Featured Artist - June 2014
The Trekell brush company, whom I highly recommend as I love and use their brushes, have made me their current featured artist on their website. I am flattered and honoured.
A visit to their website shows the wide range of their individually hand made brushes at incredibly good prices. Located in Hesperia, California, they have been making artists' brushes for 25 years and are available only through mailorder.
The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 10: 1973-2005
Deborah Dash Moore (Editor) Nurith Gertz (Editor)
Publisher: Yale University Press
I am so honoured to have my work included in the latest volume of the Posen Library anthology.
A treasury of Jewish creative works from around the world, this volume of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization introduces readers to the great diversity of Jewish civilization, covering the momentous period from 1973 to 2005. The full sweep of Jewish culture—high and low, famous and obscure, religious and secular—is gathered here, with hundreds of examples from literature, visual arts, and popular culture, as well as intellectual and spiritual works.
The book shows how contemporary Jewish culture was affected by the feminist movement, Israeli politics after the Yom Kippur War, Russian Jewish emigration, the rise of identity politics in the United States, South American revolutions and dictatorships, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and much more. Available from Amazon etc.
American Art Collector magazine
2012 issue #82
'HEADS UP' by John O'Hern
"It is always interesting to view an exhibition curated by an artist. An artist, especially one of the caliber of Geoffrey Laurence, can't help but include works by some of his friends because likes attract. The thrill is to find the unexpected or an artist whose work you have never seen. Also, in a time when photography as art rather than tool is still suspect among some painters, it is refreshing to read this from the curator: "I should mention also that I felt it important for this show to include two photographers whose work strongly touches on identity and whose work has pictorial affinities to painting. Their work reflects the same intensity of interest in seeking psychic connection with the sitter and capturing it on film."
There are also portraits of artists by other artists such as David Simon's bronze bust of the painter Sean Cheetham. No portrait of Cheetham would be true without his tattoos. Simon faced a considerable challenge to indicate the tattoos in the patina of his sculpture.
Daniel Hughes' Portrait of Shayne Dark portrays the Canadian sculptor of organic forms in nature. The detail and intensity of the portrait conveys a feeling of an elemental natural force itself, made even more imposing by its 50‑by‑30‑inch dimensions. Artists sometimes incorporate aspects of themselves in their work.
Laurence includes several paintings he calls "'fantasy' portraits rather than literal responses to a sitter." Describing the works, he says they reflect more "of the artist's 'inner' visions of self and the world outside, and strive also to come to terms with the concept of identity and its meaning for them. They also inevitably reflect some physical aspects of the artists' own features." Among these is Lyndall Bass' Red, White, & Blue.
Artists also paint themselves. Juliette Aristides' Self Portrait in Thought is an ethereal contrast to Hughes' portrait of Shayne Dark. Aristides suggests an inner world to which she can retreat. As a teacher, she says, "I believe that there is more than one path that a person can follow to be a well‑trained artist. What is necessary, however, is a passion for excellence, discipline and an unflinching desire to pursue truth."
The passion of the curator and the artists in the exhibit, Heads Up, is apparent in their work." •
HEADS UP - THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT
July 6 – August 5 2012
714 Canyon Rd. Santa Fe, NM, 87501
I was invited by the Steven Boone gallery on Canyon Rd in Santa Fe to curate a portrait show which opens this coming Friday July 6th. It features the work of 25 artists from across the USA and Canada.
JULIETTE ARISTIDES, WILLIAM BARNES,
DAN BARSOTTI, LYNDALL BASS, MICHAEL BERGT, STEVEN BOONE, BRALDT BRALDS, LEA BRADOVITCH, DAVID COPHER, SUSAN CONTRERAS , EDWARD FLEMING, MATTHEW GONZALES , KEVIN GORGES , MICHAEL GRIMALDI , DAVID HOPTMAN, DANIEL HUGHES, LAILA IONESCU,
GEOFFREY LAURENCE, CHARLES PFAHL, COULTER PREHM, ELIAS RIVERA, CHRISTOPHER ROTE, ANTHONY RYDER , DAVID SIMON.
If you are in the area please come to the opening party or visit the show. It will be up for a month until August 5th. The works in the show can be viewed here on the gallery website.
You can read the mission statement I wrote for the show here.
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite F
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 - 5
I'm delighted to be showing as part of this wonderful drawings show at Evoke Contemporary here in Santa Fe. Drawing shows are rare these days, certainly in Santa Fe.
Curated by Katherine Erickson, owner of Evoke and featuring, among others, drawings from the Diane and Sandy Besser estate. Sandy owned 8 of my drawings and passed away last year. A large amount of his extensive drawings collecton is donated to the DeYoung museum in San Francisco (click here). May he rest in peace.
Open Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10 am - 5 pm
Sundays: 1 - 5 pm. Mondays: Closed
Several paintings from my Holocaust series - Iswaswillbe, Those The River Keeps, Zyklon and the installation piece 'Inheritance', on loan from private collections, will be on view to the public for the next year at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas.
The more than 50 year old museum, founded by Mattie Caruth Byrd, was destroyed by fire in 2005, along with its contents including 2,500 works of art and all of the popular Judeo-Christian displays and galleries. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors made the choice to re-build and make the new museum bigger.
Featured Artists in the present collection Include: John Singer Sargent, Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Ben Shahn, Paolo Verenese, Francesco Guardi, Agam, Kathe Köllwitz, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Emil Nolde, James Tissot, Oskar Kokoschka, Bernard Buffet, Andy Warhol, Everett Shinn, John Marin.
I am indebted to the director of the museum, Mr. Scott Peck, for making this possible and am honored to be amongst such distinguished company.
1993 by Michael Declan Dunn, gets millions of visitors
a year and has
kindly featured my work since 2007. Now the cybrary has
introduced a new media site on the web for holocaust based
videos and audio. The
Holocaust Channel is the next step in a project
to help teachers and students find reliable resources relating
to the Holocaust online.
Holocaust Channel is currently featuring a short
video about the Auschwitz concentration camp,
directed by the British filmaker Stephen Green. The movie
also includes some of my holocaust related paintings. Here
am really happy to announce that I have joined 101/exhibit Gallery
in Miami, Florida. The gallery has been open for over 3 yrs and is located in the heart of Miami's Design District.
It is a unique space dedicated to exhibiting exceptional fine and contemporary
art and seeks to provide a dynamic program of artists unrestricted by era,
locale, or convention.
Amongst the artists I will have the privilege
of showing with are Charles Pfahl, Jason Shawn Alexander, Roger Arvid
Anderson, Bo Bartlet, David Bowers, Margaret Bowland, Isabelle du toit,
Claudio Ethos, Robert Fleisher, Gabriel Grün, Michelle Hinebrook, Marcus
Jansen, Curtis Lafollette, Marilyn Manson, John Monteiro, Pat Rocha,
Jorge Santos, John Woodward.
The gallery will be present at numerous art fairs
during the year including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Miami Basel.
published and available now for purchase. The book has 55 colour
illustrations, many of them full page plus never before shown studies
for the paintings. It includes texts about the stories behind the images
in the series with an introductory essay on the works by well known
author and former museum director Professor Ori Soltes.
Currently up in New york and on until March
19th, I have a painting included in this mixed show. The show, featuring
the work of 69 artists was curated by New York Academy of Art President,
David Kratz, and Dean of Academic Affairs, Peter Drake in conjunction
with the Forbes Galleries, NYC and is helping to raise scholarship
funds for the New York Academy of Art.
The gallery is located in the Forbes Building on Fifth Avenue and
is free and open to the public through the duration of the exhibition.
in December at Artslant's Golden Frame exhibition at Aqua Art Miami,
three of my paintings are now available in a limited edition of 30 prints.They
come with a certificate of authentication signed by me. You
can order a variety of sizes, on paper or canvas, unframed or framed
and delivered ready to hang on your wall.
study for 'The cave' painting has been accepted into this international
juried exhibition of contemporary figure drawing and will be on show
at the Fontbonne University Fine Arts gallery until March 2nd. The show
has been curated by Michael Grimaldi and Ellen Gochnour, the gallery
are currenty featuring me in their Santa Fe "News & Buzz" section.
ArtSlant.com, the premier contemporary art network, opened its first
arts portal in Los Angeles to the contemporary art world in February
2007. They provide an extensive calendar of arts events, a vibrant community
of contemporary artists, as well as the best in art buzz, reviews, commentary
and events on a city-by-city basis to the worldwide arts scene.
And given his
enormous talent his technical virtuosity, his dedication, the beauty
and intensity of what he creates, and the inexplicable pull of his
paintings, he deserves far more recognition and acclaim than what's
come his way. Is he toiling away in obscurity out here in the high-desert
terrain, an ocean away from his roots, from the hoopla of New York
and L.A. and Art Basel? Does he care? "It's not an ego that's
painting these things." he says from his studio in Santa Fe. "It's
a mystical experience. I don't care what happens outside that door."
/ November 2010
'Art of Light, Art of Life' by Devon Jackson
salvational struggles of Geoffrey Laurence'
IT HADN'T BECOME HIS BURDEN - DUTY- passion to try to find a
meaningful artistic response to the Holocaust, Geoffrey Laurence
probably would've found himself an equally metaphysical life
struggle. even if he'd ended up a car salesman, a baker, or a
painter of rainbows and kittens. Imagine a Saul Bellow character
come to life in the form of Gabriel Byrne, only bald. Laurence.
60. is charming and erudite, questioning, a bit tortured, a bit
saddened, a wicked mimic. self-effacing, and humble.
West Marcy Street, Santa Fe NM 87501 Tel:
866 820 0113
I am excited to announce
that Skotia gallery will be presenting my most personal solo
show and my first since 2006. It includes work inspired
by the effects of WWII on my familly and an installation piece
'Inheritance', also a first for me, that includes objects from
my father's wartime experiences.
The upstairs gallery will be showing
the work of the Hungarian photographer Peter Korniss and I am honoured
to be showing concurrently with him.
Here is a preview of some of the work in the
(the above Flash file may not be viewable on phones/Ipads)
Opening night reception is on Friday,October
from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Please contact the gallery for further info.
Studio VisIt With Geoffrey Laurence...
Lee, director and owner of Fish Monkey Films came by the
studio for a visit and brought his camera with him. Here
is a short interview that he made:
150 West Marcy Street
Santa fe, 87501
Tel: 866 820 0113
- 30th July 2010
night reception is on Thursday, July 1, 2010
from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Please contact the gallery for further
I am delighted to be taking part
in Skotia Gallery's realism invitational
show with guest artists including Agostino Arrivabene,
Lyndall Bass, Tony Curanaj, David Larned, Jeremy Mann, Valerio
D'Ospina, Elliott Wall, Fred Wessell and new gallery artists
Roberto Ferri and Graydon Parrish.
Santa Fe, 87501
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 - 5
am honoured to be invited to take part in an exhibit at
Evoke contemporary, curated by John O'hern. John is Santa
Fe Editor of American Art Collector and Western Art Collector
magazines and was Executive Director and Curator of the
Arnot Art Museum where he originated the innovative biennial
exhibitions of contemporary realism, “Re-Presenting
Some of the artists taking part include:
Sharon Allicotti, Daniel Barkley, Michael Bergt, F. Scott
Hess, Sabin Howard, Javier Marín, Scherer + Ouporov,
Paul Rahilly, Wade Reynolds, Jon Eric Riis, Karen Rosenthal,
David Simon, Frederick Spencer, Daniel Sprick, Roxanne
Bernardo Torrens, James Tyler, Patricia Watwood,
Gary Weisman, Kent Williams, Will Wilson
reception Thursday evening, Ist July from 5 – 8 pm
American Art Collector magazine
2010 issue #54
the West' by John O'Hern
I visited Geoffrey Laurence in his studio, he was working on
a very large canvas in which John Wayne and his angel confront
each other with guns drawn (in a supermarket). Western characters
are rare in his work, however. Laurence moved to New Mexico in1996.
As he worked on the surface that would become John Wayne's gun, he
talked about the role of photography in contemporary realist painting
and some people's desire for photographic realism.“When I paint
a portrait of someone who is sitting for me,” Laurence observed,“it is
not just a
matter of perceiving
the effects of the the light falling on them, I also know what they
sound like, what their skin feels like, how they smell and usually
many aspects of their current life that they choose to share with
me. . . My pictorial memory is constantly running in the back of
my mind, comparing the many paintings I have experienced viewing
and the paintings I myself have made in the past. All these things
are important for me to try and communicate through my brush and
to which I respond, often subconsciously, whilst painting. These
are things a camera cannot do.”
AIRFORCE BASE, TEXAS
HaShoa Service, April 2009
was honoured to have been asked by Sheppard Airforce base
in Texas for permission to use some of my holocaust images
for their Yom Hashoa remembrance service this year. My thanks
to Test Control Officer Roberta F. Sheehy and Declan Dunn from
Remembrance.Org for the invitation.
American Art Collector magazine
2009 issue #42
the lighter side' by John O'Hern
I asked Geoffrey Laurence for a painting to use in this column he responded "I don't really do humour (as you know) but ... I think my red self-portrait is sort of humorous..."
Here, Laurence captures a momentary expression that contains a variety of emotions from hauteur to silliness. The figures in his large, dramatic, narrative paintings are full of expresion and as he says "common emotional themes". Although this portrait could be of Samuel Johnson looking down at puns, Laurence is not above word play when he addresses even serious topics.
Laurence says " I don't feel comfortable with being described as a 'realist'. I have no interest in 'realism' per se. My interest as an artist continues to be in exploring emotional response to my drawings and paintings and I would rather be described as a 'feelist'. "
West Marcy Street
Santa fe, 87501
Tel: 866 820 0113
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun 12pm - 5pm
Gala Opening - 1st May 2009 - 5-8pm
I am really delighted to announce
that I have joined a new gallery in Santa Fe, dedicated to
showing the best in contemporary figurative art. Skotia
will also be opening a second gallery in Dubai, scheduled
for completion in 2010.
It is located in
the new GALA gallery district (Galleries
At Lincoln Avenue),
downtown near the plaza.
Artists included so
far are Juliette Aristides, Katelyn Alain,
Steve Huston, Christopher Pelley, Mark Spencer, Daniel
Sprick, Ray Turner, Rimi Yang... and myself.
"The State Department
of Cultural Affairs has received a gift of artworks valued at
from former Santa Fe residents Edith and Ernest Schwartz. The collection
includes works by more than 100 artists, including Dan Namingha,
Glenna Goodacre, Geoffrey Laurence, Gregory Lomayesva, Kevin Red
Star, R.C. Gorman, Ford
Ruthling and Melissa Zink."
Ernie and Edie Schwartz Donation
of Cultural affairs
American Art Collector magazine
2008 issue #32
of a man' by John O'Hern
Laurence often does several drawings of several short
poses on one sheet of paper. Rich with quick impressions, an
economy of line, bold gesture, and even erasures, Laurence's
response to the model brims with energy.
Laurence's 'Raven 3' is done in
charcoal and pastel.The tied-back hair and the
high color of the flesh barely contain the energy of the taut musculature
and the clenched jaw line. These works contrast with the more controlled,
tightly painted canvases for which he is well known."
Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio
Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
by Juliette Aristides
by Watson-Guptill, 2006, 2008
always such a pleasure to be able to drop by to see Juliette
whenever I am up in Seattle teaching at the Gage Academy and
have lunch in her studio.
has recently published a second book to follow her
first excellent book on drawing and I appreciate
being included once again amongst the contemporary artists she
has used as examples in the book.
They are both currently available from
'WHAT MAY BE'
February 16 - March 1, 2008
I have been
invited to take part in a show at the Douglas Udell gallery
in Vancouver, British Columbia, which opens on February 16th
2008 and runs for two weeks until March.
I have not had the opportunity to exhibit in Canada before
and I happily welcome this chance.
Who says all artists are self
My red self-portrait is in a show right now at Gallery One
in Ellensburg, Washington until March 1st. Curated by gallery
director Robert Tomlinson and dedicated to artists' portraits
are: Lauren Ari,
Justin Colt Beckman,
Stephen John Ellis ,
Angela Fraleigh ,
Joseph Guggino ,
Kate Stigdon ,
Elliott Wall ,
Tilde Weems ,
408 N Pearl Street
Essays on the Arts
and the Holocaust
by Ori Z. Soltes
Eshel Books, 2007
Soltes has a written a series of essays, now pubished as a
book, on the arts in relation to the Holocaust and in it he
refers to some of my work. It is serious and thought provoking.
From his preface: " The juxtoposition
of the terms 'Arts' and 'Holocaust' seems inherently paradoxical;
the one pertaining to creation and the other to destruction.
The fact is the two not only coexist, they are the mirror
of the coexistent power of creation and destruction across
the history and geography of human beings."
The Teaching Company is famous for its many fascinating
courses on tape and DVD and I am honoured to be included in their
latest art history course. Ori Soltes, professor of Theology
and Fine Arts at Georgetown University has created a series
of lectures called
'Art across the Ages', filled with
unique and new insights into the history of western art
. Following one of his recurring themes - that of the transformation
and reconfiguration of ideas in art across the centuries - he
discusses my painting 'Hold Fast' in some depth in the lecture
entitled "Art, Politics and Religion from era to era".
by Peter Ogilvie
October / November issue
Its rare that I get the pleasure of actually seeing my work hanging
in the homes of my collectors, so I am thrilled to see a
picture of George and Lynn Goldstein's living room in the
October issue of Santa Fean magazine.
couple hang the art they both feel most passionate about
in the public areas of their home. The living/dining area's
diamond plaster walls are replete with large-scale figurative
paintings by New Mexico artists including Geoffrey Laurence"
14th ANNUAL REALISM INVITATIONAL 2007
October 5 -
November 5 ,
If you are around in Santa Fe in October, I have work in
the invitational realism show at Klaudia Marr Gallery on
Canyon Rd, now in its 14th year.
Artists included this year
are: William Barnes, Michael Bergt, David Michael Bowers,
Robert Brawley, Laura Brink, Pamela Carroll, Tricia Cline,
Julie Comnick, Morgan Craig, Craig Cully, Daniel David,
Lynn Davison, Marc Dennis, Mary Frances Dondelinger,
Don Eddy, Emilia Faro, Toc Fetch, William Fogg, Steven
Graber, Tyson Grumm, Julia Hunkins, Daniel Jackson, Jared
Joslin, Steven Kenny, , Alan Magee, David Mauldin, Susan
McDonnell, Heidi McFall, Kenney Mencher, John Nava, Brian
O'Connor, Larry Ogan, Laura Orchard, Jaime Valero Perandones, Robert Peterson, Antonio Roybal, Aristides Ruiz, Jorge Santos, Gustavo Schmidt, Myra Schuetter, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Steve Smulka, Michael Sokolis, JoanneTeasdale, Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo, Timur Tsaku, Eric Wert, Rodney Wood, Irina Zaytceva, Eric Zener, Baochi Zhang... and of course myself.
If you happen to be in Manhattan over the next
month, I am currently in a group show at the New York Academy
of Art, curated by
Eric Fischl and
The show is open daily from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm at 111 Franklin
Street, New York, tel
'Santa Fe Artists
Share a Passion at Their Weekly Sessions by Kathaleen Roberts
"Painter Geoffrey Laurence takes an ambidextrous approach
to charcoal and pastel, his blackened fingers testament to his
dual skills as he captures steep contrasts in shadows and light.
Laurence shows his work at LewAllen Contemporary. He likens
drawing to a musician's scales.
"Artists have to draw all the time," he said. "Rembrandt
was sketching constantly. It's like exercise. If I don't draw
for three weeks, it starts to go. It's just like a muscle."
He taught himself to work with both hands, insisting each appendage
possesses its own character.
"The left is more female; the right is more male," Laurence
said. "The left is curvilinear, the right is more linear.
Why walk around with this one thing that's hanging down there
like a dead limb? We don't use one foot."
Art In America
March 2007 issue
Not to be outdone by Art
News magazine's mispelling of my first name in the April 2002
issue, Art In America magazine decided this month to have done
with the weird spelling altogether and changed it to "Gregory".
George Sugarman (1912-1999), was a prolific and controversial
American artist. Always interested in the well-being of dedicated
artists, Sugarman provided for them in his will.
In an era
when much visual art fails to address the profound existing
issues of violence, poverty, war and discrimination, the George
Sugarman Foundation offers annual grants to painters and sculptors
who are engaged in the creation of artworks that incorporate
Collector Howard Tullman
posted his purchase of my painting '9-11' on his blog
site 'Hindsight' so I am returning the compliment here.
and click on any name to view works in his amazing collection.
I'm in good company!
'Hocus Pocus' by Renee Targos
is currently featuring an online exhibit of my holocaust
related work . The site includes many interesting holocaust
related items. I am honored to be on it.
Los Angeles Art Show 2007
January 25th - 28th
Contemporary will be showing my work, along with other gallery
artists at the Los Angeles Art Fair in Santa Monica, CA.
at the end of this month.
their booth in the Barker Hangar if you happen to be visiting.
American Art Collector magazine
2007 issue #15
'The art of the 'other'
Santa Fe' by John O'Hern
the group members is Geoff Laurence, whose large figure paintings
are accomplished with great skill and insight.
Often the subject is posed before a classic
painting, adding another layer of interpretation and demonstrating
his mastery of technique. His work, Collateral Damage
(page 45), features a businessman talking on the phone, wearing
a jester's hat and seated before a large painting of a vanquished
Laurence's comfortable and well-lighted
studio contains myriad studies and sketches
for his paintings, as well as finished drawings
which are works of art in themselves. The
record of the process is fascinating to see."
magazine ~ November 06 issue.
of how the notion of "truth to materials" fits
into your work process."
"Artists prior to
the 20thC made incredibly varied paintings with far fewer
choices of material, just a handful of colors, really, and
much cruder brushes than those manufactured today. My experience
in art has been that less creates more and I usually restrict
myself to a limited palette of no more that 3 or 4 colors.
really understand the term ‘realism’ in
painting. Rather than obliterating the brushstrokes, I try
to remain truthful to the materials and let the paint look
like paint. My figures will never walk off the canvas no
matter how much I torture the paint with a fan brush. The
challenge is to make paintings that ‘feel’ like
the life I experience around me and inside me."
by Stanley Darland
on the website 'www.ArtQuotes.net'
up for the month of November 06. Here's the
::: Why are you an artist Geoffrey, and how did you first decide
that art was your path in life?
I was interested in art when I was 10 and had a painting
accepted in an exhibit in Nassau, Bahamas where my parents
were then living. I had a very hard time convincing them that
that was my chosen path and in fact they were dead set against
it. I ended up leaving home at 15, moving to London and going
to art school.
::: Could you tell us some more about your work?
have always been interested in figure and narrative painting.
I was drawn to classical painting early on, when everyone around
me was into pop art and installations. They bored me stupid
and I couldn’t wait to get back to the National Gallery
every time to find some sanity. I did respect the early 20thC
experiments and was much taken with Picasso for a long time.
I start losing interest somewhere in the painting of the 1950s.
My desire has always been to somehow find a way to marry the
elements of the past with the present. To use classicism in
a modern way. But how? I am still searching. I have absolutely
no interest whatsoever in conceptual art. It means nothing
I am also driven to paint about the Holocaust as my parents
were both survivors. I keep thinking if I can paint the right
picture, my murdered aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents
will finally leave me in peace.
::: In some of your more recent works the backgrounds are painted with Rubenesque nudes and angels. Is there a relationship between them and your subject?
much. At first I was using the paintings in the backgrounds to
stop deep space from occurring. I go to great lengths to compress
the space in my paintings and achieve a tension between flatness
and three dimensionality. I realized that I could play narrative
games between the ‘painted’ space in the paintings
in the background and the painted space in the painting. It is
at its most obvious in my latest paintings ‘Quetzal’ and
The Reality of Things’ where the cloth on the foreground
figure literally goes into the painting behind her but she is
painted in a very different way to the ‘painting’.
I never directly copy paintings but rather paint ‘in the
style of’ and manipulate the images for my purpose. I seem
to like painting flying babies a lot at the moment!
::: What artists have influenced you, and how?
what year you ask me – Francis Bacon, Picasso, Egon Schiele,
Ferdinand Hodler, Klimt, Munch, Van Dyke, Vermeer, Rubens, George
de la Tour, Fragonard, Boucher, Watteau, Vincent Desidirio, Odd
Nerdrum, etc etc - the list is very long and my interest
comes and goes. They have all given me something even if its
just a feeling that I am not alone or completely crazy. We are
all in this together you know. Art is a relay race going all
the way back to the caves. We hand the baton on and hope the
next guy runs like hell with it.
::: You are also an art teacher. How has this influenced your career as an artist?
to think that I am of some help to people who have not travelled
so far down the road yet. Making art is a scary experience for
a lot of people and I try and make them feel less scared. I can
help with the how part but not the why part. I wish someone would
help ME with the why part!
::: What inspires you to paint and how do you keep motivated when things
get tough in the studio?
know where my ideas come from. They just appear by themselves.
I never feel like its ME making the art, I just turn up for the
job and get my orders. I meet a new model and just start working.
I always work from life. I can’t get anything out of photos
other than photographic reality, which is not what I see when
I look at things around me.
I am usually motivated by boredom more than anything. When my depression reaches
stranglehold pitch, which it seems to do on an increasingly frequent basis, I
try and just get involved in painting or drawing something, anything really,
and within a short while I am usually again absorbed in creating and listening
to the painting instead of my self. I always, however, find I return to a sense
of disbelief in myself and of failure once again to reach whatever I had
felt inside. It’s a cycle that never seems to change. I wish it would.
::: How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
That’s why I am still broke after 45 years of being an
::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
still painting and not dead. I would like to think that the work
will get better, though that may be too much to ask for.
::: What's the best and worst parts of being a full time, working artist?
The best part is feeling alive making paintings and the worst part is needing to make paintings to feel alive. In that I mean, when I am painting there are moments that I am actually truly happy. Brief and sporadic as they may be, for those moments I am really one with the universe and not totally dominated by self. But those experiences are highly addictive and have been keeping me obsessed for 45 yrs. It has led me to living a very hard life that is filled with anxiety and fear financially and that most ordinary people cannot even imagine and would not tolerate. It seems to be the lot of artists through the ages. Quite why or what it achieves for us mystifies me.
::: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don't give up your day job. Lack of money is the worst part of any artist's career and having another form of income is the best thing an artist could have. I wished now that I had trained as a plumber or an electrician when I was a teenager, as well as art. I would have had choices that are no longer available for me.
Believe in your dreams above all. Without them there is no art.
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