Geoff began his first sketch book at the age of five. Inspired by his great uncle, Noel Billighurst (RA), he grew up drawing and painting in a traditional style.
Having gained his art ‘A’ level by the age of fifteen, he attended Harrow Art College for two years and began a five years apprenticeship with Gilchrist Studios in London where he trained to draw and paint photographically in dye. This involved washing photographic dye into dye transfer paper and adding chemicals to fix or remove each colour either separately or together. It took ten years to master these skills.
By the age of twenty-three, he became studio manager at Mike Mann Studio and two years later was promoted to partner. During this time he worked on many campaigns for the top advertising agencies in London, including the artwork for album covers for artists such as Queen, the Police, Roger Daltrey, Shakin’ Stevens and Jimi Hendrix.
Achieving the extremely high standard of work demanded by the advertising industry, required great precision and accuracy. From 1970 to 1990, his portraits and landscapes echoed the fine detail of the commercial art world, across a range of mediums.
Between 1991 and 2008, he moved away from this style, choosing to paint with palette knives and acrylics, to create more textured and less structured work. During this time he also ran community art projects with the homeless, working with both the National Gallery and the V & A Museum. In 2009, he began to move more towards the photography that had always been his preferred method of collecting reference material for his painting. He began to look at the use of photography in a less traditional way.
Combining his love of portraits and his passion for photography, he is increasingly exploring the use of technology in his work, adopting strong colours, merging photography and movement in paint to create his distinctive art. In 2018 he had two pieces accepted by Saatchi’s Gallery for display. It is his aim as artist to look closer examine, experiment, explore and change the ordinary.