If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Geoff Oke is a Welsh born painter now living and working in Lampeter, West Wales. His family are originally from Devon and South Wales. He grew up in a rural and coastal setting and this land has made an impact on his visual memory and feeds into his work. His interest in art started at a young age, he was continuously drawing as a child. He became interested pursuing art as a career just after he left school at 16. Geoff graduated from Aberystwyth University with a postgraduate degree in 2008. Since then he has had a solo exhibition at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and has been exhibiting at the Battersea, Hamstead and Bristol Affordable Art Fairs for the last 3 years. Geoff is now dedicated to his full-time studio practice.
About my artwork
Painted from memory and sketches and made with glazes and thick oil paint, my paintings are a personal response to my surroundings. Some of them are like memories of darkened, enclosed spaces and have connotations of earth, stone and moss while others are more visually ambiguous. This is intentional, I’d like my work to have many interpretations. There are many things that I have in mind when I’m painting like rustic worn textures or a memory of my experience of a place, but I’d rather make images about the landscape and my experience of
it than try to depict it. I take the textures and forms of nature and man-made structures and juxtapose and mix up elements. My paintings seem to go through many stages in their making and can change several times. I allow each stage to suggest something new, exploring many possibilities in each painting. I like the idea of the history of the painting showing through in layers of paint. I cover areas of my paintings with washes of colour. Like burying or excavation, slowly building up an image.