The late, great Geoffrey Fuller
We are honoured to be showcasing a collection of ten original paintings by the late Geoffrey Fuller at our Herne Bay gallery.
Geoffrey Francis Fuller (1925–2011) grew up in Otaki, Wellington. He pursued his love for art through Wellington Technical College and Canterbury University School of Art in Christchurch.
A talented painter in oils, acrylics and watercolours, Geoffrey explored varied subject matter, from early abstract works in oil through to realist landscapes of the Hawkes Bay.
Lone Pine 2005 | Acrylic on board | Hawkes Bay
Of the works on display, two are hand cut collage works; Trellis & Chairs and Table & Jug offer a rare insight into a more technical side of his process, with working drawings showing the planning before execution of the works.
Trellis & Chairs 2001 | Hand cut collage | Framed by artist
Table & Jug 2001 | Hand cut collage | Framed by artist
Geoffreys works were regularly featured in exhibitions throughout Hawke’s Bay where he eventually settled, and has paintings in both private and public collections in New Zealand, USA, England, Japan, South Africa and Australia. Over his career he was lauded with many awards for his work, including, the Louise Lonsdale Prize for Life Drawing, the Queen Elizabeth II Art Award in 1966 and 1970, and the Norsewear Art Award in 1987.
St Lukes 2000 | Acrylic on board | Framed by artist
During his life, Geoffrey completed numerous design commissions, including murals, civic sculptures, postage stamps and childrens books. From his middle name, his wife and daughters dubbed him ‘Saint Francis’, after Saint Francis of Assisi, who shared his love for birds and nature.
The Fuller family have released ten original artworks for sale, a rare opportunity to acquire his works usually held exclusively in private and public collections. The collection can be viewed online here and will be installed and available to view at our Herne Bay gallery from Monday 18th July.