Geoff Dunlop Fine Art
For most of his creative life Geoff Dunlop has asked questions. As a filmmaker he has travelled to some 70 countries, to engage with artists, scientists, politicians, religious leaders and countless “ordinary people”. The question he has most frequently asked on these journeys is, Why? Why do we choose to do the extraordinary things we do?
Today, Geoff has ceased the perpetual motion of the filmmaker. He looks instead at the world around him, at the familiar, the commonplace: “To put it simply, what I seek to do is pay attention to some of the stuff of life that it is so easy to ignore, because it is so familiar. And what I find in this process is the beautiful and compelling, something both mysterious and yet integral to who we are.” Geoff described the role of a film-maker as producing an image that moves for the consumer, while to an extent, still images ask the consumer to do the moving. We discuss boxes of images to be opened and closed, rooms of images to be walked around and studied. The experience is therefore partly determined by the journey of the observer, which lends recognition to the uniqueness of the individual and their personal experience of art.
Making still images, Geoff seeks out traces of evidence of the forces, patterns and rhythms that hold the universe together. He discovers in the flow of water, of air, of time, a world no less extraordinary than the one he travelled as a filmmaker - but a world which provokes questions much less easy to answer.
Geoff’s work, his pictures and films, have been shown on six continents, including galleries as distinguished as; The Tate Gallery, London, The Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum, New York.