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Geoff
Farnsworth

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Geoff Farnsworth was born in Kimberley, B.C. in 1968. He began his art training in Vancouver at Emily Carr, The Federation of Canadian Artists, and Capilano University. Influential artist and teacher Kiff Holland urged him to move to New York City to attend the Art Students League in Manhattan. Here he trained from 1997 to 2002 by working full-time from the human model before experimenting in new directions under abstract painters William Scharf and Frank O’Cain. A post 9-11 environment with tightening visa restrictions finally prompted him to follow his longtime urge to move to Toronto to paint in the same city as his sister, Gillian, also an artist. Here he focused on his work for five years before moving to Thunder Bay to paint for a year on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior, causing abstracted elements of landscape to enter his painting. Geoff currently lives and paints in downtown St. Catharines. Being however originally from British Columbia, he really enjoys creating works with the West Coast vibe to them. His paintings have been shown across Canada, and in New York, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.

My paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base. It is important to me that the paintings work well as collections of shape, colour, texture, and energy, while also building a compelling image. Working with people and objects from my personal world, as well as from classical and contemporary culture, I focus continuously on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. I ignore the portrait or landscape or whatever it may be turning into as often as I try to see it. I do not want the parts to be overly submissive to the whole. I want a blue smear of paint through a face to be as much of an “object” in the painting as the eyes. I like it when a chunk of head, disappearing into a corner of abstract landscape, serves as strongly to help the viewer feel paint texture as to be reminded of a skull. My figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape. By responding more deeply to the subtle cues being offered by the emerging image, as collaboration between my self and the canvas, I can more fully integrate figure and abstraction with consciousness and unconsciousness. Geoff Farnsworth

Education:
The Art Students League of New York, Painting Certificate, New York, NY 1997-2002
Capilano University, Graphic Design & Illustration Program, Foundation Year, N. Vancouver, BC 1996-97
Capilano University, Portfolio Preparation Classes for Graphic Design & Illustration Program, N. Vancouver, BC 1995-96
Federation of Canadian Artists, Drawing and Painting Classes, Vancouver, BC 1995-96
Emily Carr, Summer Art Access Program, Vancouver, BC 1995
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Marketing Major, Vancouver, BC 1987-90
Capilano University, Pre-Commerce Year, N. Vancouver, BC 1986-87

Gallery Representation

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Loch Gallery, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, 2008-present
Canvas Gallery, Toronto, ON 2003-present
Chenier Fine Arts, Thunder Bay, ON 2007-present

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2015 Craft Arts Market, St. Catharines, ON June
2014 Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, ON
2011 Kurbatoff Gallery. Vancouver, BC
A Mano Libera Gallery, St. Catharines, ON March 2010
Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden September 2008
Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON September 2007
1080BUS Gallery, Toronto, ON 2006
Spoke the Hub, Brooklyn, NY 2000

Selected Group Exhibitions:

University of West Indies, From Likeness to Fiction, Trinidad May 24 2015
Rodman Hall, Brock University, From Likeness to Fiction, St. Catharines, ON April 2015
Loch Gallery, Vantage Point, Winnipeg, MB April 2015
Loch Gallery, A Human Presence, Toronto/Winnipeg/Calgary, March 2015
Kurbatoff Gallery, Gallery Artist Group Show, Vancouver, BC, June 2014
Kurbatoff Gallery, Gallery Artist Group Show, Vancouver, BC May 2013
New York University, Collaborative Illustrated Book Project, New York, NY May 2011
Comand Gallery, Buffalo, NY April 2011
Loch Gallery, Concepts and Canvas, Toronto, ON March 2010
Loch Gallery, Exploring the Figure, Toronto, ON May 2009
Loch Gallery, Best of the Contemporaries, Calgary, AB Mar. 2009
Loch Gallery, Best of the Contemporaries, Toronto, ON Dec. 2008
Loch Gallery, Young Painters, Toronto, ON July 2008
Red Brick Café, Sis n’ Bro Show III, Guelph, ON 2008
Gladstone Art Bar, Sis n’ Bro Show II, Toronto, ON 2007
Hugh’s Room, Sis n’ Bro Show: Paintings by Geoff and Gillian
Farnsworth, Hugh’s Room, Toronto, ON 2006
Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2006
A.G.O., In Your Face Show, Toronto, ON 2006
William Stephen Gallery, Toronto, ON 2006
Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2006
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON 2006
Marci J. Kroft Art Consulting, Toronto, ON 2004-05
Hollis & Knight, Washington, DC 2004-05
Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto, ON 2004
Yaelle Gallery, Toronto, ON 2003
Distillery Art Fair, Toronto, ON 2003
Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY 2002
Balsamo Gallery, Woodstock, NY 2001
Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Ctr., New York, NY 2000
Times Square Lobby Gallery, New York, NY 2000
Port Authority Terminal, New York, NY 1999
Ferry Building Gallery, Faces Show, West Vancouver, BC 1997
Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC 1997
Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC 1996

Reviews and Features:

Juxtapoz Magazine Online, Reader Art, Aug. 25, 2008
CBC Radio One, Lupe Rodriguez, Toronto, ON Jan. 2006
Vie des Arts, John Grande, Review for No. 202 Spring 2006 issue. Toronto, ON Jan. 2006.
North Shore News, North Vancouver, BC Mar. 4, 1998

Grants and Awards:

Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant 2007
Get Real Art Gallery, Finalist, Painting Competition New York, NY 2000
Art Students League of New York, Merit Scholarship, New York, NY 1999
BC & Yukon Community Newspapers, Graphic Design Scholarship, Capilano University, N. Vancouver, BC 1996
Dean’s List, Graphic Design & Illustration Program, Capilano University, N. Vancouver, BC 1996

Teaching and Related Activity:

Juror, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON March 2009
Painting Instructor, The Painted Turtle, Adult Classes, Thunder Bay, ON 2007
Art Teacher, The Painted Turtle, Kids Summer Classes, Thunder Bay, ON 2007
Teaching Facilitator, Progressive Training Centre, Thunder Bay, ON 2007
Private Art Teaching, Toronto, ON 2004-2005
Private Art Teaching, New York City, NY 2001- 2002

Art Critic John K. Grande about Geoff Farnsworth:

`Geoff Farnsworth's recent paintings explore portraiture as a vehicle for stylistic innovation. Each works to animate a multi-level experiential direct approach to the action of painting. The results are visually challenging. Using surface and painterly effects, and bright Pop colours and brushwork that recall the works of Larry Rivers and Robert Rauschenberg these paintings work on two levels. The first is that of representation and the subjects they portray whether classical or contemporary. The second level is the interplay between the abstract and painterly and figural outlining. The portrait figures become abstract devices for expressing the energy of the act of painting. They likewise build a landscape of psychological and meditative states, using brushwork, layers, visual effects, while respectfully maintaining the subject and portrait theme. Farnsworth achieves a level of intensity that makes these works sublime, almost mystical meditations on the artist's approach to art and life.

While beginning his art training in Vancouver at Capilano College, Emily Carr, and the Federation of Canadian Artists, Farnsworth then went on to the Art Students League in Manhattan, New York from 1997 to 2002. Recent shows have been held in New York, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Vancouver, Toronto, and Stockholm, Sweden. An artist to watch, and who continues to grow as a painter.`
-John K. Grande
excerpt from review in Vie des Arts,
No. 202 Spring 2006

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