Geoffrey Wake is a respected and awarded artist who is also a long standing arts educator. Working from the Fremantle PSAS shared art space Geoffrey creates striking abstract acrylic paintings. With a long career of solo and shared shows Geoffrey has developed a unique style that has been collected by art galleries, public institutions and personal collectors.
Enjoy getting to know Geoffrey Wake ...
When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realise that you had talent?
About the age of 9 when an artwork of mine was pointed out in class as being good then acknowledgements backed this up.
Where did you learn your art?
I learnt the basics at school and on to art school at Perth Technical college.Then on to teaching art at Tech, from then on you learn about yourself and how you see art.
What messages are you sending to the viewers of your art?
An emotional response to the world crafted in a poetic and lyrical way.
Describe your studio ..
1st floor, overlooking Fremantle streets with large doors opening out towards the north. Measures about 8mtrs by 8mtrs it is a part of the PSAS Art Space.
Describe your typical day of creating art ..
Start in studio about 8am after coffee and socialising with other artists. I work on a range of half a dozen incomplete works, not on one exclusively till about midday then lunch more art, socialising then home to develop ideas and chores.
What mediums do you use and why?
As I am now allergic to oil paint I use exclusively acrylic paints.
What are you working on now?
I am working on paintings of a coastal theme that contain some elements of forestry. The work is ranging from assemblages and collage to normal painting techniques.
What career achievements do you feel proud of?
I have had 15 one man exhibitions & 30 group shows. I have been included in several books on WA art and was also the Power bequest winner in 1972 which entitled me to a studio in Paris at the Cite International des Art for 6 months. I have been awarded an Australian Arts Council Grant and my work has been collected by Art gallery of WA and others.
What do you love mostly about what you do?
I love the magic of it…….
As one artist said ”In the process of doing a work, do search, but in order to discover other than what is searched for”
This allows an opening for magic to happen.