Geoffrey’s mother, Helen Campe Meredith, was a well-known painter with an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York, and was one of the founders of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, PA. He received his early training from her, and went on to major in Art at Princeton University, followed by post-graduate studies Hellenic Institute in Athens, Greece. Later, after receiving a Masters from Stanford, he embarked on a 25-year career in advertising, only recently embracing painting full-time.
Based in part on correspondence with Joan Miro and meetings and correspondence with Salvador Dali, Geoff seeks graphic archetypes that can communicate across time and culture. That said, with the exception of his large non-objective abstract expressionist works, his paintings are grounded in representation, abstracting a distillation of form and color.
Although representational, his work strives to capture the essence of what is depicted, a distillation that is also meant to be pleasing to the eye in terms of form and color and texture (a goal that is not universal in the contemporary art scene). As distillations, his paintings are ‘abstractions,’ yet of identifiable subjects – many from plein air studies or sketches. Sometimes an individual painting will stay pretty representational; sometimes it will end up more and more abstract. At some point in the process the painting takes over, and it goes where it wants to go, which is not necessarily what was initially planned.
Geoff’s work can currently be seen in the Christopher Hill Galleries in St. Helena and Healdsburg; the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA; and periodically in the Slate Gallery in Oakland, CA. A noted speaker, copywriter and author of two books and numerous magazine articles, Geoff is also on the Board of Directors of the Valley Art Gallery, and is a Commissioner of the Contra Costa County Arts and Culture Commission.