Geoff Parker's show
"from West to East"

on October 1, 2015

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Renowned Wyoming painter Geoff Parker was the featured artist at the Gallery from October 1 to October 23, 2015. The Artist spent about a month on the east coast and was present at the opening reception on Saturday, October 3, from 5 to 8pm. This exhibit featured many new paintings, both western landscapes as well as New England and local landscapes; a few still-life paintings were on display, too.

 

Artist’s biography:

The wind is blowing causing the canvas to shake on the easel, and the dirt being lifted into the air is deposited into the wet paint.  The weather is not optimal, however, the light is.  The shadows are cast and the highlights are bright and reflective.  Brush strokes are placed and the composition is perfected through the mixture of oil paints on a messy, but organized canvas. Alla prima is an Italian term that describes an artistic method that involves capturing what the eye sees on the spot, and at the moment.  Geoff Parker has employed this approach during his entire career.

Born in Cody, Wyoming in 1951, he developed a deep appreciation for his environment that would become his inspiration.  In his early teens he and his family moved to Spokane, Washington where he graduated high school.  Following his graduation Geoff followed a sort of vagabond lifestyle picking up odd jobs, moving more and more southwest until he landed in San Francisco, California.  Following his dream and passion, Geoff enrolled into the San Francisco Academy of Art and began to refine his talent.  After his graduation came the hardships involved in any beginning art career.  He was in fact a starving artist.  After a series of moves and various employments (commercial fisherman in Alaska, cowhand from Montana to Arizona, deep sea diver, and sous Chef among others) Geoff and his wife found themselves back in Cody, Wyoming where they started a family and raised three girls and nurtured a growing art career.

With an expanding patronage in both national and international circles, Geoff has been given the opportunity to paint the globe. He has organized exhibitions showcasing his paintings of the Grand Canyon, the history of Lewis and Clark, the picturesque scenes of Morocco, Spain all the way to the tropics of Costa Rica and Central America.

 

Geoff Parker donated his 12"x15" oil painting, valued at $5000, which he painted in Hingham's World's End on September 30th, in our silent auction to benefit the Hingham Historical Society, to help fund the new Hingham Heritage Project. The $2.5 million project encompasses the renovation and restoration of Old Derby Academy and the Museum, and is scheduled to take approximately one year to complete. Bidding for Parker’s painting began at the opening reception and went through October 18, at which time the winner of the painting was announced. October 18 was the day of the 10th annual Hingham Arts Walk. The 1818 Old Derby Academy Building is one of the town’s most historic landmarks. The project will include a new 4,600-square-foot addition and the repair/restoration of foundations, windows, chimneys and other parts of the 1818 building. It will also enlarge the Visitor Center, expand the collections storage and workspace areas for volunteers and staff, and create an outdoor program event space for up to 200 guests. 

 

"Wyoming Morning"
oil, 30"x36"

 

"View of the Inner Gorge"
oil, 30"x36"

 

"Autumn Solace"
oil, 28"x32"

 

"Shifting Light"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Morning Revelations"
oil, 24"x30"

 

"Salt Marsh, Hingham"
oil, 18"x24"

 

"Summer Garden"
oil, 11"x14"

 

"Pastorale"
oil, 24"x30"

 

"Reflection"
oil, 28"x28"

 

"Yellowstone Idyll"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Winter Kill"
oil, 11"x14"

 

"Unexpected Encounter"
oil, 18"x24"

 

"Serene Congregation"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Impending Shower"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Hay Meadows"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Calm and Tranquill"
oil, 30"x36"

 

"High Water"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Heat Wave"
oil, 24"x36"

 

"The Wide Missouri"
oil, 24"x30"

 

"Salt Bush in Bloom"
oil, 12"x15"

 

"Converging Horizons"
oil, 30"x36"

 

"Canyon Flotilla"
oil, 18"x24"

 

"Prize Possessions"
oil, 12"x15"