Jeremy Geddes studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, he has been a dedicated artist since 2003. He is mostly known for his paintings of cosmonauts and people floating, story falling, colliding and drifting in empty landscapes.
Geddess won the Spectrum Gold Award for his cover art for the comic, Doomed. His children’s picture book, The Mystery of Eilean Mor, was shortlisted for The Aurealis Awards, won The Crichton Award, and was named as one of CBC’s Notable Books in 2006.
In haunting scenes that fuse photorealism with post-apocalyptic surrealism, Jeremy Geddes renders cosmonauts falling to earth, disproportionate pigeons in flight, and human figures bursting through walls and writhing in intense emotion.
The paintings emerge from a methodical process, in which Geddes creates and exhaustively reworks preliminary studies of composition, tone, and colour which he then translates on a larger scale, using layers of grisaille, opaque color, and modulated glaze.
Despite the dramatic suggestion of narrative, Geddes intends his paintings to be ambiguous and subjectively experienced. “I’m trying to leave the narrative…open to interpretation, whilst juxtaposing enough disparate elements to make some sort of interpretation necessary,” he says. “I’m keen to never give enough clues to block any potential explanation the viewer might bring. I want to spark questions, rather than answer them.”