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Jeremy Geddes

New Zealander, born 1974


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 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.”

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