Images from the cage of time: the paintings and drawings of Geoffrey de Groen

Dates & times

Thu 7 July — Sun 14 August 2011

Image: Geoffrey De Groen in his studio
December 2010. Photo copyright Tony Sheffield.


Geoffrey de Groen’s work is very much an exploration of the very essence of the language of painting and drawing. His use of the formal means of visual art, independent of reference to familiar imagery or textual support concentrates on the intense power and subtlety of what can be achieved through the interplay of colour, tonal shift, scale and the materiality of the media. There is no obvious subject matter, but there is a wealth of meaning in the way the paintings encompass complementary or opposing states – emptiness and presence, control and the irrational.

De Groen studied art at the Julian Ashton School, North Sydney Tech and the National Art School in East Sydney. He was a teacher and lecturer on art in Australia and overseas until 1985 and is highly respected for his art criticism and writings on contemporary Australian artists. Geoffrey’s work has been collected by major public institutions in Australia and abroad and he has been awarded various commissions and fellowships over the years.

Curated by Wally Caruana


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