In haunting scenes that fuse photorealism with post-apocalyptic surrealism, Jeremy Geddes renders cosmonauts falling to earth, outsize 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 color that he then translates large-scale through 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.”
Jeremy Geddes studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts and began working full time as a painter in 2003. He’s most well known for his paintings of cosmonauts and people floating, story falling, colliding and drifting in empty landscapes.
Jeremy was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and whippet.