Portrait of Geoff by his daughter, Leigh
Geoff was initially trained by his mother, Helen Campe Meredith, a well-known painter with an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York, and one of the founders of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, PA. He went on to major in Art at Princeton University, followed by post-graduate studies at The Hellenic Institute in Athens, Greece. Later, after receiving a Masters from Stanford, he embarked on a 25-year career in advertising, only recently embracing painting full-time.
Geoff currently works in two distinctly different styles. One style, which has been called “NorCal Representational Abstraction” is a 21st Century reinterpretation of the “Bay Area Figurative Movement” of the 1950s and ‘60s in San Francisco and Berkeley. Mostly landscapes, these works are grounded in representation, then abstracted to distill form and color. Sometimes a painting will stay pretty representational; other times it will end up much more abstract. At some point in the process the painting takes over, and it goes where it wants to go.
The other style uses as a touchstone the Abstract Expression paintings of the 1950’s and ‘60s mainly in New York, larger non-objective abstract gestural works that strive to be graphic archetypes that can communicate across time and culture. Geoff’s interest in this format stems from his Princeton thesis on the nature of the creative process, and his correspondence with Joan Miro and meetings and correspondence with Salvador Dali that were input to that thesis.
Both styles are also meant to be pleasing to the eye in terms of subject and form and color, a goal that is by no means universal in the contemporary art scene.
Geoff is represented by the Christopher Hill Galleries in St. Helena and Healdsburg, by the Slate Gallery in Oakland, The Lafayette Art Gallery in Lafayette, and the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek. As a noted speaker, copywriter and author of two books and numerous magazine articles, Geoff applies his marketing skills as Director of Marketing and Publicity for the Lafayette Art Gallery. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Valley Art Gallery, and is a Commissioner of the Contra Costa County Arts and Culture Commission.