Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Feature Artist - Geoff Christie

This month at the AGL our Canadian Landscapes exhibition showcases our Partner and Resident Artists' landscape inspired works.  The works ranges from the traditional representation to more abstract in style.  There is something for everyone .... a must see show for all.

This weeks feature artist is Geoff Christie, who was born and raised in Toronto Ontario and now resides in Strathroy, Ontario.

Geoff was enrolled in Central Technical High School's Art Department in 1964. One of his teachers was the War Artist, Charles Goldhamer who studied with Group of Seven member artist, Arthur Lismer.  Geoff left Central Tech before graduating, but he felt that he needed to continue to study and make art, and he attended a number of other art schools and open studios in Toronto over the late 1960s '70s and '80s.  Geoff regularly attended open studio sessions at the Toronto School of Art, and the Poor Alex Theatre where on most evenings there were pay-per-session studios and artists models-one need only drop a few dollars onto the model's platform and draw or paint, with or without instruction in the evenings or weekends.

 Geoff continued his formal art education in the Fine Art Diploma program at Fanshawe College, London Ontario. In the 1990's Geoff became very interested in painting en plein air, often scouring the rural area between London and Chatham for new painting sites, frequently in company of Brantford artist Keith Shearsby. 

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