Geoff Morten (b. 1947 - d. 2009)


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GEOFF MORTEN

1947 Born in London.
1966 York School of Art &Design.
1972 Royal College of Art, London. MA rca (Postgraduate MFA)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Dunhill and Company, London.
J. Sainsbury & Co, London..
Stoke-on-Trent Pottery Museum & Art Gallery, Staffordshire, UK.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK.
Bosnian National Gallery, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
Museum of Fine Arts, Timisoara, Romania.
Galeria First, Timisoara, Romania.
The University of Sunderland, UK.
Darlington Civic Theatre, County Durham, UK.
University of the West, Timisoara, Romania.
Galeria 28, Timisoara, Romania.
Harvey Nichols, London.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Print Studio, Dundee, Scotland.
Glasgow Printmakers, Glasgow, Scotland.
Darlington Borough Council, County Durham, UK.
The Customs House Gallery, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK.

2007 Geoff is represented in Southern California by the William Merrill Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA.
2006 Represented in Northern California by the Linda Durnell Gallery.
2006 Visiting Lecturer – University of California Santa Cruz, Baskin Arts,
Department of Fine Art, Painting.
Visiting Lecturer – Visual Arts Department, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz.
Visiting Lecturer – Fine Art Department, Monterey Peninsula College, California.
2005 EB 1 Approval (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Department of Homeland Security, USA.
2004 Visiting Lecturer – Fine Art Department, Monterey Peninsula College, California.
2004 Visiting Lecturer – CSUMB Monterey, California.
2003 Relocated to California, USA.
2000 Senior Lecturer at The University of Sunderland, School of Arts, Design & Media, Department of Fine Art (Painting) & University of Durham, School of Education ,Fine Art (Painting).
1998 Visiting Professor – Academy of Fine Arts, Timisoara, Romania.
1994 Appointed Reader in Fine Art, University of Sunderland.
1990 Principal Lecturer – Sunderland Polytechnic (School of Fine Art)
1972-89 Visiting lecturer at numerous UK Art Colleges/ free lance designer.
1972-74 Assistant to sculptor Bryan Kneale RA.

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2007 ‘Meeting and Passing’ paintings, prints & drawings. CCB Fine Arts Collaborative, Lafayette, California. Curated by Christine Murray.
2007 ‘Side by Side’ paintings by Geoff Morten – sculpture by Jenny Morten. Three venue, two person exhibition. Arts Collaborative, SCCB, Santa Cruz; Scotts Valley and Watsonville, California.
2006 ‘Dialogues and Conversations’ Paintings. Prints and Poems. Two venue, solo exhibition. Arts Collaborative, SCCB, Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, CA. Curated by Christine Murray.
2005 ‘Transition’ Paintings 1995 – 2005. Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, Attic Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
2005 ‘Caught Off Balance’ Nido Gallery, Moss landing, California, USA.
2004 ‘Towards the Edge’ Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery, California, USA.
2003 ‘Scratching the Surface’ The Customs House Gallery, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK.
2002 ‘Scratching the Surface’ (Paintings & Prints 1999-2002) – touring exhibition, commencing at the Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre, Co. Durham, UK.
1999 ‘Two Northern Artists’ – selected by Harvey Nichols & AXIS (Artists Database) Harvey Nichols, Fourth Floor Gallery, Leeds, UK.
1999 ‘Crossing Borders’ touring exhibition commencing at Galleria 28, Timisoara, Romania, touring to Czechoslovakia and Hungary.
1998 ‘Layers of Meaning’ Dial Gallery, Warkworth, Northumberland, UK
1998 ‘Two Lands’ Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts , Co. Durham, UK.
1996 ‘Reccurent Consistencies’ The Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scotland.
1996 ‘The Way Back’ (‘Intoarcerea’) Galeria First, Timisoara, Romania.
1996 ‘Double Exposure’ Dial Gallery, Warkworth, Northumberland, UK
1994 ‘Double Visions’ Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington, UK
1993 ‘Art for Business’ Teesside Development Corporation, Cleveland, UK.
1992 ‘Works on Paper’ Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK.
1975 ‘New Paintings’ Bruce Scott Gallery, London.
1973 Hart Gallery, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK.
1972 ‘New Paintings’ Nettlefold Hall, East Dulwich, London.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2004 ‘Valley Fever’ Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center, Ben Lomond, California.
Winner of Directors Award.
2004 ‘Go Figure’ Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, California, USA.
2004 Question Mark Gallery, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
2003 ‘Santa Cruz Artists’ Downtown Gallery, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
2003 Winfield Gallery, Carmel, California, USA
2003 Dundee Contemporary Art – 2 Person Exhibition. Dundee, Scotland.
2003 ‘Small Paintings & Prints’ Blake Gallery, York, UK.
2002 ‘Prints’ Compass Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.
2002 Print Internacional 22 Cadaques (Touring Exhibition) ADOGI, Barcelona, Spain; Galerie L’Etang, France.
2002 ‘Print Open 2002’ Dundee Contemporary Arts, Print Studio Gallery; Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, Scotland.
2002 ‘Agenda’ Details Gallery, Newcastle Art Centre, Newcastle-upon- Tyne, UK.
2002 ‘Spoil’ Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucester, UK.
2001 Memorial Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham, North Wales, UK
2001 ‘RCA SECRET’ Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
2001 Earagail Arts Festival, County Donegal, Northern Ireland.
2000 ‘Contemporary Scottish Prints’ Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland.
2000 ‘RCA Secret’ Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
2000 ‘Exchange England’ Campbell Hall Gallery, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon, USA.
Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, University of Sunderland, UK.
2000 ‘Caught in the Act – Painting’ Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucester, UK.
2000 ‘Scottish Smalls’ – A touring exhibition of Scottish Printmaking :
Glasgow Print Studio Gallery III, Glasgow, Scotland.
2000 Dundee Contemporary Arts – ‘Print Open Exhibition’. Foyer Gallery, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland.
2000 ‘Harlech Printmaking Open 2000’ (International Printmaking Exhibition selected by Ken Kiff and Anna Maria Pacheco)
Harlech Biennale, Coleg Harlech, Wales.
2000 Dundee Contemporary Arts – ‘Print Open Exhibition’. Foyer Gallery, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland.
2000 ‘Scottish Smalls’ – A touring exhibition of Scottish Printmaking :
Glasgow Print Studio Gallery III, Glasgow, Scotland.
2000 ‘Exchange England’ Campbell Hall Gallery, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon, USA.
Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, University of Sunderland, UK.
1999 ‘Prints’ Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland.
1999 ‘Absolut Secret’ Gulbenkian galleries, Royal College of Art, London.
1998 ‘Absolut Secret 98’ Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
1998 ‘Links and Connections’ collaboration by Russian & British artists :
‘L’ Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, University of Sunderland, UK.
1998 ‘Metamorphosis’ Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scotland.
1998 ‘Portfolio’ University of Western Sydney Macarther, Sydney, Australia.
1998 ‘A Context for Etching’ :
Galeria 28, Timisoara, Romania.
Galeria Studiu, Academy of Fine Art, Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, Romania.
1998 ‘Contemporary Printmaking’ Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova -Scotia, Canada.
1998 ‘Art in the USA’ Walter C. Young Centre, North Miami, Florida, USA.
1998 ‘The Art of Etching’ The Meffan, Forfar, Scotland. and tour to 5 Scottish venues.
1997 ‘Under 97 – British Contemporary Prints’, The Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear, UK.
1997 ‘Tyne and Wear’ Squires Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
1997 ‘Original Prints of Scotland’ – touring exhibition to :
‘Art Chicago’, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA.
1997 ‘Contemporary Prints’ Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London.
1997 ‘JAR’ Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scotland.
1997 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, UK.
1997 ‘A Context for Etching’ Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, University of Sunderland, UK.
1997 ‘Absolut Secret 1997’ Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
1996 ‘Small Paintings’ Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, UK.
1996 ‘Process Matters’ Syndicated Arts, Metropolitan Wharf, London.
1996 ‘Towards a Place for Art 2’ Art Alyans Gallery,The Surikov Institue, Moscow. Russia.
1995 ‘Towards a Place for Art’ The Surikov Institute, State Academy for Arts, Moscow, Russia.
1994 Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria, UK.
1993 ‘Witnesses of Existence’ commencing at : Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Touring exhibition to :
Kingston University Gallery, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK.
Obala Gallery, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
1993 Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Manchester City Art Gallery, UK.
1993 ‘Complimentary Contemporaries’ Dial Gallery, Warkworth,
Northumberland, UK.
1992 ‘Art for Sale’ Whiteleys Atrium Gallery, London.
1992 Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle, UK.
1991 Vardy Gallery, Sunderland University, UK.
1983 Design Centre : Touring Exhibition, Cardif, Wales.
1983 The British Exhibition, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas, USA.
1981 Design Centre, Haymarket, London.
1980 Harvest Gallery, Covent Garden, London.
1979 Pictures for Schools, Cardiff, Wales.
1978 C.T. Strangeways Gallery, London.
1977 Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London.
1977 ‘Water Colours” Mall Galleries, London.
1977 ‘Greater London Picture Show’, Mall Galleries, London..
1976 C.T. Strangeways Gallery, London.
1975 Asset Gallery, London and Dusseldorf, Germany.
1974 Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London.
1973 Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London.
1970 Robert Fraser Gallery, London.
1969 Robert Fraser Gallery, London.
1968 Zaydler Gallery, London.
1967 Rosenthal Gallery, London.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2006 ‘Voices From the Past’ Selected poems. Edited by Joyce Mann.
2006 ‘In the Small Hours’ 2nd. collection of poems 2006.
2006 ‘Dialogues and Conversations’ Collection of Poems 2004-2006.
Edited by Jenny Morten and Published by Mar Monte Studios as a Limited Edition.
2003 The Dictionary of Artists in Britain Since 1945.
2002 ‘Scratching the Surface’ (Paintings and Prints 1999-2002)
Solo exhibition catalogue. (ISBN 0 9537690 2 X).
2001 ‘What is Painting’ contributed paper to International Conference, Academy of Fine Art, Bucharest, Romania.
1999 ‘Insemne Dintr-o Galerie’. Marie-Jeanne Jutea Badescu, Galleria 28, Timisoara, Romania. Published by Editura Hestia, Romania.
1999 ARTbibliographies Modern Vol 30. No. 1.
Published by Clio Press, London. (ISSN 0300-466 X)
1998 ‘Two Lands’ solo exhibition catalogue. Published by Sunderland University Press (ISBN 0 9509431 2 6)
1998 ‘Links and Connections’ exhibition catalogue, published text in Russian and English (ISBN 0 9509431 4 2)
1998 ‘Portfolio’ An exhibition of contemporary Printmaking. Published by Sunderland University Press (ISBN 0 9509431 3 4)
1997 ‘A Context for Etching’. Published by Sunderland University Press
(ISBN 0 9509431 1 8). International and national touring exhibitions curated by Geoff Morten and Stephen McNulty.
1994 ‘Witnesses of Existence’. Published bt the Kingston University Press.
1992 ‘Foreign Bodies’ – Poems/Drawings in collaboration with poet Christopher Pilling. Published by Flambards Press, UK.
(ISBN 1 873226 03 9)

OTHER

2007 PL 8 (A Festival of One Act Plays) Cabrillo Theatre, Aptos.
Played Bellboy in ‘A Still Alarm’ by George S. Kaufman. Directed by Davis Banta. Played Caleph in ‘The Chokers Concerto’ by Wilma Marcus Chandler. Directed by Maria Crush.
2006 Played Moss in ‘A Body of Water’ by Lee Blessing. Directed by Joan Van Antwerp. The Hide, Santa Cruz.
2006 Artistic consultant: Infinite Z – Humanising the computer-user experience.
2006 Played : Bartender, Bystander, Pawnshop owner and Interrogator in ‘Edmond’ by David Mamet. Directed by Joan Van Antwerp and Debbie Quigg. SCICA, The Mill, Santa Cruz.
2005 ‘Visions of War-Dreams of Peace’. Three Plays, Music and Poetry.
Produced by Sebastian de Francesco. Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts.
2005 ‘Water, Steel and Rock’ landscape sculpture commission.
2004 ‘Functional Sculpture’ Commission, collaboration with sculptor Fred Hunnicutt – San Francisco.
2004 Played the Narrator in ‘The Meeting’ by Sebastian de Francesco. Directed by Debbie Quigg. The Actors Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA.
2004 60 Grit Theatre Company, played the Controller in ‘Victoria Station’ by Harold Pinter. Directed by Gregg Paroff.
1998 ‘EAST Sunderland :
Co-curated the first cultural exchange exhibition of works on paper from Romanian Artists with Prof. Constantin Flondor (Dean) and Ileana Pintilie (National Romanian Art critic) – Academy of Fine Arts, Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, Romania.
1996 ‘Art and the Spiritual’ Symposium. Formal respondent to lecture by Anthony Gormley – Durham Cathedral.
1996 Establishment of an International Cultural Exchange and reciprocal Exhibition programme between :
The Faculty of Fine Arts, Universitatea de Vest Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania and The School of Arts, Design & Communications, University of Sunderland.


  • Local Heros

    Local Heros Oil on Canvas 57 x 66 For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Millers Crossing

    Millers Crossing Oil on canvas 66 x 55 Inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Saturday Nights

    Saturday Nights Oil on canvas 66 x 44 Inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Entering the Garden

    Entering the Garden Oil on canvas 48 x 48 Inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Meeting of the Waters

    Meeting of the Waters Oil on canvas 48 x 48 Inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Two Sides to the Story

    Two Sides to the Story Oil on canvas 14 x 18 inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Parallel Journeys

    Parallel Journeys Oil on canvas 24 x 30 inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • 10 Ways to Remember

    10 Ways to Remember Oil on canvas 24 x 30 Inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.

  • Another Time Another Place

    Another Time Another Place Oil on canvas 44 x 66 Inches For Sale Drawing is my thought process and each drawing represents my personal language, the ‘triggers’ for specific events, an image, smell, word or sentence at the edge of memory. Simultaneously the physical activity of painting unlocks feelings through the visceral materiality of oil paint. I scrape into the painted surface to reveal what is underneath, I find images, lose them and rediscover them. Truncated figures, gardens, iconic plants, trees, architectural exits and entrances seen, remembered and imagined are described with passionate color and gesture. It is the process of creating a history of making, a visual equivalent to the emotional world and the building of a layered structural richness. My aim is to activate sensations, feelings and thoughts within the viewer, that they may discover their own special meaning in the paintings. In this way a work born out of my experience may speak to a wider audience about their own.