Geoffrey Wake Artist – Up Close & Personal

Geoffrey Wake Artist Studio 2

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.

Artist Statement

Perth Artist Geoffrey Wake has resided in the busy port town of Fremantle Western Australia since 1996. It is here that his work changed direction and his paintings incorporated the energy and geometry contained in the urban landscape. Geoffrey has been a well respected arts educator and since 1999 has painted full time for exhibitions and commissions. Geoffrey has held many solo and group exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, China and Italy. His work is in numerous collections including, University of WA, Skinner Collection, Art Gallery WA, Curtin University and many private collections.

Artist Biography

  • Roleystone 1980 – 1995
    • After painting through the eighties and nineties somewhat in awe of aerial landscape, I moved to Fremantle, an urban environment with its grids and intersecting energies.
  • Fremantle 1996 – 2007
    • The work of this period contains the full vocabulary of the urban landscape period but is deconstructed into a grid format. It contains some geometry of the city with something of the landscape combined.
    • I particularly like to express the way energy is always colliding and controlled in the urban settings, so these paintings came about through combining the elements of text and grid.
    • The text being an important part of the urban setting is partially incorporated but as a pattern and mystery when one first views the work.
    • For the past year my theme has been “Mi Amigo” as expression of AFFINITY with the subject in the painting … these letters are used exclusively in the works.

Working Progress

  • With the three major elements in mind, I like to take the journey of the work with no destination in mind allowing deconstruction (the cut outs) to change into a building process.
  • Something not thought of is the goal. One arrives at the destination anew.

The Titles

  • Express natural forces from the clouds, rain, to streams etc which are evoked in the works and I like to use other language to express the poetic aspects of the work.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1969   Rhode Gallery, Perth
  • 1971    Skinner Gallery, Perth
  • 1973    Skinner Gallery, Perth
  • 1975    Skinner Gallery, Perth
  • 1977    Gallery 350, Perth
  • 1978    Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
  • 1981    Review Show, Fremantle
  • 1985   Quentin Gallery, Perth
  • 1988   Greenhill Gallery, Perth
  • 1990   Editions Southbank Gallery, Melbourne
  • 1990   Greenhill Gallery, Perth
  • 2013   PSAS Fremantle Titled “Flight” Perth Fringe Festival
  • 2017   Gallows Gallery, Perth

Shared Exhibitions

  • 1996    Extending the Envelope, Moores Building, Fremantle
  • 1997    Rites of Passage, Moores Building, Fremantle
  • 2001    Gateways, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2002    Earthways and Waterways, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2003    New Paintings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2004    Neo Revelations, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2006    4 Painters, Elements Gallery, Perth
  • 2006    4 Painters, Mahoneys Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2007-09  4 Painters, Elements Gallery, Perth
  • 2011    Beasts and Beauties, Elements Gallery, Perth
  • 2014    DARK LIGHT, Neon Installation , PSAS, Fremantle
  • 2018    Landscape Yet Not Landscape,  JahRoc Galleries

Group Exhibitions

  • 1970
    • Invitation Exhibition West Australian Institute of Technology, Perth
  • 1973
    • Invited to exhibit at Sir William Angliss Art Award, Melbourne
  • 1974
    • West Australian Artists Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • 1980
    • Five West Australians, UWA, Perth
  • 1981
    • Group Show Barry Stern, Sydney
  • 1983
    • Group Show Holdsworthy, Sydney
    • The WAIT Collection Art Gallery of WA Perth
    • Landscapes in Watercolour, Fremantle
    • Invitation Wesley Watercolour Show, Perth
    • China Exhibition, Perth and China
  • 1988
    • Matilda Bay Exhibition, Perth
    • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Exhibition, Perth
    • Editions Galleries, Melbourne
    • Matilda Bay Show, Perth
  • 1988-89
    • Guide Dogs for the Blind Exhibition, Perth
  • 1989
    • Matilda Bay Show, Perth
    • Newworks Greenhill, Perth
    • Mandorla Art Prize, Perth
    • ACAF 2 Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria
    • Spheres of Influence(Claremont School of Art), Perth
    • Inaugural Exhibition of Works at Allegretta Studios, Fremantle
    • Anniversary Exhibition Gallery of Fine Art, Perth
  • 1995
    • “The Docks Invitation Art Award”
    • Fremantle Festival 10-26 November 1995 Invited to participate Fremantle
  • 1995
    • The Stein Collection Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
    • A work included in the Stein Collection; A gift to the University of Western Australia, Perth
    • Group Show called “Five Art” Fremantle Festival 10-19 Nov 1995 Allegretta Artists’ Studios, Fremantle
  • 1996
    • Invited to exhibit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth
  • 2000
    • Finalist in Mandorla Religious Prize Fremantle
  • 2001
    • A Taste of West Australian Art Calabria Italy (One of ten artists selected to exhibit in Italy).
  • 2005
    • Affordable Art Show, Melbourne
  • 2006
    • Melb Art fair 06 (April), Melbourne
  • 2006
    • ARTITUDE, Perth
  • 2007
    • Mandorla exhibition, Perth
  • 2007
    • Kalgoolie Regional Art Gallery, Kalgoorlie
    • Mixed Show (Elements Gallery)
  • 2008
    • Gadfly Gallery , Perth
  • 2010
    • Gadfly Gallery , Perth
  • 2011
    • Mandorla (Finalist), Fremantle
  • 2011
    • Tom Collins  Bequest, UWA
  • 2013
    • Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury
  • 2013
    • Homeless Auction, Fremantle
  • 2013
    • Auction , Artists for Kids Culture, Melbourne
  • 2014
    • Homeless Auction, Fremantle
  • 2015
    •  Mandjar Art Show, Mandurah
  • 2016
    • Mandjar Art Show, Mandurah
  • 2018
    • Landscape Yet Not Landscape, JahRoc Galleries, Margaret River


  • 1973-74   Power Bequest Studio occupation at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
  • 1974    Australian Arts Council Grant
  • 1980    Canning Art Prize (painting)
  • 1981    Katanning Drawing Prize
  • 1987    Highly recommended, Katanning Art Prize
  • 2007    Winner Mandjar Corporate Art Award (painting)
  • 2007    Winner Category 9 Cossack Art Award (abstract painting)


  • Bayswater Shire Collection
  • Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre
  • Art Gallery of WA
  • Curtin University
  • City of Fremantle
  • University of WA
  • Skinner Collection
  • Carnegie Collection
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • Education Department
  • La Salle College
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Many private collections

Biographical Details

  • 1944     Born Perth
  • 1957-60      Scotch College
  • 1960-65      Perth Technical College
  • 1965     Diploma in Painting
  • 1968     Part-time Tutor, Claremont Tech (Drawing and Painting)
  • 1971     Painted on “Thevenard Island” off Onslow in WA
  • 1966-74    Part-time Tutor, Perth Tech (Painting and Drawing)
  • 1976-86    Part-time Tutor, Fremantle Arts Centre (Painting and Drawing)
  • 1978-88    Part-time Tutor, Forrestfield Tech College (Taught painting to level 120 studio level and drawing to level 100)
  • 1980     Painted in Maningrida, Northern Territory
  • 1980-85    Ran “Travel Art” (Art tours around WA and overseas)
  • 1991     Part-time Tutor, Midland TAFE (Taught painting to levels 200-240)
  • 1992-93    Tutor, Roleystone Family Centre
  • 1994     Tutor, Armadale Family Centre (Drawing)
  • 1994     Tutor, Armadale TAFE (Drawing)
  • 1994     Tutor, Midland TAFE (Painting – levels 100, 120 and 240)
  • Feb/Mar 1995     Painting in Bali
  • 1996     Part-time Tutor, Midland TAFE (Taught painting 240 and 360)
  • 1996     Tutor, Midland TAFE (Painting and drawing – levels 100-380)
  • 1997-98    Tutor, Midland TAFE (Painting and drawing – levels 100-390)
  • 1999-2002     Painting full time for exhibition and commissions
  • 2002-2006     Painting full time for exhibitions and commissions
  • 2007     Painting full time

Major Works for Corporation

  • Sheraton Hotel, Perth
  • BHP, Perth
  • Jetset, Perth
  • Barclays Bank, Perth
  • Joseph Charles Learmonth Duffy, Perth
  • Kalimantan Gold, Perth
  • Larchill , Perth
  • National Bank, Perth
  • Sunmark Corp, Perth
  • SECWA, Perth
  • Qantas, Perth
  • Robinson Cox, Perth
  • Education Dept of WA, Perth
  • “The Vines” Japanese Resort, Perth
  • “Omegatrend”, Perth
  • AIDC, Perth
  • ANZOIL NL, Perth
  • ANZ McCaughan, Melbourne
  • Robert Hodges Pty Ltd, Melbourne
  • Alexander Metherall Pty Ltd, Melbourne
  • Multiplex Pty Ltd, Melbourne
  • Coles Myer, New South Wales
  • Araluen Country Club , Western Australia
  • Murdoch University, Western Australia
  • 1996 Duxton Hotel, Western Australia
  • 1997 Woodside Offshore Petroleum, Perth
  • 1998 The ABS Group, Perth
  • 1999 Ministry of Health, Perth

Geoffrey Wake Artwork

Imaginary Flight Path Of The Butterfly (Diptych) by Geoffrey Wake
synthetic polymer on canvas
84cm x 122cm – each panel
Geoffrey Wake Line Of Country Painting
Line Of Country by Geoffrey Wake
synthetic polymer on canvas
118cm x 120cm
The Wanderer by Geoffrey Wake
synthetic polymer on canvas
72cm x 88cm
Geoffery Wake Imaginary Flightpath Painting
Imaginary Flight Path by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
117cm x 120cm
Geoffrey Wake Scooter Creek With Fruit Painting
Scooter Creek with Fruit by Geoffrey Wake
synthetic polymer on canvas
121cm x 121cm
Geoff Wake The Sentinals Painting
The Sentinals by Geoffrey Wake
synthetic polymer on canvas
170cm x 120cm
Dreamer by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
40cm x 40cm
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Spyder Trap by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
170cm x 120cm
Shifting Dreamer by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
40cm x 40cm
Geoff Wake Imaginary Motorcycle Journeys Painting
Imaginary Motorcycle Journeys by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
122cm x 117cm
Geoffrey Wake Headland 130x120cm 5500
Headland by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
130cm x 120cm
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Lake Lament by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
118cm x 122cm
Geoffrey Wake Double Aurora 150x2
Double Aurora by Geoffrey Wake
acrylic on canvas
150cm x 2cm

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