eoff Routh has been painting, exhibiting and lecturing for well over thirty years. His work clearly demonstrates his obvious talents, with works in collections all over the world. With a long list of prestigious shows some of which are included on his selected biography, LondonArt are proud to bring you his work.
Geoff finds it very difficult to write about his own work but with a little encouragement he sent us this wonderful, honest and truly insightful piece of writing. It really does give us a handle in to the mind of this artist and his work.
have had a studio in a former maternity hospital in Stockwell since 1987. My work is directly or indirectly linked to the building itself, the large overgrown garden or the panoramic views from the roof.
I work outdoors most of the year round, recording the particular qualities of the day or evening. The light, the weather, the mood and the season’s becoming the dominant themes.
Over the years I have become obsessively interested in several of these views or images and they have recurred up to 6-7 times in my work. This is particularly the case with the view of the back of 37 Jeffery Rd (5 paintings); the view towards Battersea Power Station (4 paintings); and one of the large windows on the ground floor with the geranium plant (7 paintings). They are all different and can be considered independently, but they add up to a greater whole.
More recently I have returned to the car park in front of the building to work on 2 large paintings of Buddlleia plants which were growing out of the building itself. Whilst I am working on the large oil paintings, often returning to them for a number of years I have also produced a series of pastel drawings and monotypes of the same images which complement these paintings.
Pinning these ideas down purely in words will be to understand the work, the success or failure of an individual piece is its ability to let the viewer find empathy with it through their own experience.
Finally, it is almost as if the hospital building itself and it’s grounds has an organic life of its own, never the same two days in succession and constantly offering up fresh visual secrets to those that come to know it.” Geoff Routh
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