Geoff Hands Artwork

Conventional biographical listings can be a dull read, so I have interspersed mine with individuals, films and exhibitions that have influenced me in some way.

1956 Born in London / 1964 First trip to cinema – ‘Zulu’ featuring Michael Caine / 1964 Moved to Shrewsbury, Shropshire / 1972-1974 Taught by Martin Lewis and discovered that painting was a necessary vocation / 1974-1976 Foundation Studies Shrewsbury School of Art / 1975 First art gallery visit – Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester: first encounter with ‘real’ oil paintings / 1974-1976 Taught by Tony Vetisse / 1976-1979 BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting at West Surrey College of Art & Design / 1976 ‘John Constable’ – Tate Gallery, London / 1978 ‘Robert Motherwell’ – Royal Academy of Arts, London / 1978Frank Auerbach’ – Hayward Gallery, London / 1981A New Spirit in Painting’ Royal Academy, London / 1983-1984 PGCE at University of London, Institute of Education / c.1984 Introduced to the poems of A.R.Ammons / 1984Ian McKeever’ – John Hansard Gallery, The University, Southampton / 1985 ‘Patrick Heron’ – Barbican Art Gallery, London / 1985-1991 Taught at Eastbourne Sixth Form College / 1985 ‘Francis Bacon’ – Tate Gallery, London / 1985Howard Hodgkin: Forty Paintings’ – Whitechapel Art Gallery, London / 1988The Big Blue’ at the Duke of York Cinema, Brighton / 1990 Birth of first daughter, May / 1989 ‘Ivon Hitchens: Forty Five Paintings’ – Serpentine Gallery, London / 1991-2015 Teaching Fine Art at Northbrook College Sussex / 1993 Birth of second daughter, Grace / 1994 First of many visits to Cornwall, UK / 1995 Birth of third daughter, Lucie / 1998-2000 MA Creative Writing at University of Sussex / 1989English Cathedral Drawings’ by Dennis Creffield – Gardner Centre, University of Sussex / 1998Patrick Heron’ – Tate Britain / 2001 ‘The Colour of Saying’ Mary Lloyd Jones – Aberystwyth Arts Centre / 2002Viewfinder’ – Arnolfini, Bristol / 2003 Finally got to see David Bowie – ‘Reality’ tour, Wembley Arena / 2005 & 2007 Louise McClary – New Millennium Gallery, St.Ives / 2006 Trevor Sutton – Flowers Gallery, London / 2007Callum Innes: From Memory’ – Modern Art, Oxford / c.2007 Introduced to the poetry of Simon Smith (Waterloo Press and Salt Publishing) / 2007 ‘There will be Blood’ featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, Duke of York Cinema / 2008 Rembrandt portraits – Frick Collection, New York / 2008 Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons’ – Tate Modern, London / 2009 ‘Turner and the Masters’ – Tate Britain, London / 2010 ‘Bridget Riley’ – Southampton City Art Gallery / 2012 ‘In The Garden’ – healed by Van Morrison at Brighton Dome / 2014 Invited to contribute exhibition reviews to Conceptual Fine Arts / 2015 ‘Late Turner: Painting Set Free’ at Tate Britain / 2015 Writing for Abcrit / 2015 Frank Auerbach retrospective at Tate Britain…