Exhibitions - Colour Worker: Geoff Farnsworth

Everyone is invited to attend the exhibition, Colour Worker: Geoff Farnsworth from October 1-31st, 2020.

Artist's Statement
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, I focus on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. My figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape.

About the Artist
Geoff Farnsworth was born in Kimberley, B.C. and grew up mostly in North Vancouver. His art studies began on the west coast before he moved to New York City to train at the Art Students League from 1997 to 2002. Here, he painted full-time from the human model before moving into the abstract painting studios to experiment. Geoff was fortunate to work under William Scharf, a prominent New York painter who had been the studio assistant and protégé of Mark Rothko. With a direct line to New York Abstract Expressionism, Geoff’s work began to meld his classical training with structure and form into process, colour, and invention.

After New York City, Geoff moved to Toronto to spend the next 5 years building upon his studio practice. Then after a year in Thunder Bay, he relocated to Niagara. For the past 7 years Geoff has been living and painting in downtown St. Catharines, and is involved in the local art community as well as teaching in the Graphic Design program at Niagara College.

Geoff’s paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, across Canada, and in Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.

For more information, please check out www.geoff-farnsworth.com

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

CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Canvas Gallery, Toronto, 2003 - present
Chenier Fine Arts, Thunder Bay, 2007 - present
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg/Toronto/Calgary, 2008 - present
Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, 2010 - present

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, ON April 2019
Rise Above, St. Catharines, ON Sept 2018
Jordan Art Gallery, Jordan, ON April – June 2017
Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, ON September 2014
Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC October 2011
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
Kurbatoff Gallery, Summer Group Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C. August 2019
Loch Gallery, Summer Rhythms, Toronto ON July 28 - August 11, 2018
Canvas Gallery, Road Trip, Toronto ON, April 2018
Kurbatoff Gallery, Gallery Artists Group Show, Vancouver, BC Aug 2017
Loch Gallery, Figures of Inspiration, Winnipeg, MB Feb 2016
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
Kurbatoff Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Vancouver, BC August 2010
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, 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 & FEATURES
The AVB Podcast on the Road, Studio Interview, St. Catharines, ON, January 2019
The Sound, Arts and Culture Paper for the Niagara Region, Artist Profile, St. Catharines, ON, January 2016
The Sound, Arts and Culture Paper for the Niagara Region, Artist Profile, St. Catharines, ON, July 2015
CFBU Brock Radio, Artist Profile and Interview, St. Catharines, ON Sept. 2014
The Linea, Online Journal for the Art Students League of New York, The Studio Project, New York, NY, Jan 2014
International Contemporary Artists, Vol. II. ICA Publishing, 2011, New York, NY: included in compendium of international painters
The Walleye Arts & Culture Newspaper, Tiffany Jarva, Review for 1st issue, Thunder Bay, ON July 2010
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

GRANTS & AWARDS
Symposium & Residency, Marstein Island, Austevoll, Norway, August 2013
Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career Artist Grant 2010
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 College, N. Van, BC 1996

TEACHING & JURYING
Part-Time Art Instructor, Niagara College, Graphic Design Program, Welland, ON, 2010-present
Juror, Brock University, Student Illustrated Story Exhibition, St. Catharines, ON April 2015
Juror, Welland Rose Festival, Welland, ON, Aug 2013
Juror, Brock University, Rodman Hall Final Year Painting Exhibition, St. Catharines, ON 2011
Juror, Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto, ON 2008
Art Instructor, The Painted Turtle, Thunder Bay, ON Aug-Sep 2007