Mike Geary


Born: Richmond Surrey 1932

Studied: Worthing Technical and College of Art 1949-1951

Lives and works in Dorset

A visit to the seminal exhibition, This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1956 proved to be a lasting influence on the work of Mike Geary. He was an early exponent of collage and silkscreen printing, taking inspiration and using images from the media and popular culture throughout the 1960s and 70s. As a young artist Geary admired the work of his contemporaries, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake and Joe Tilson and developed his own language. His brightly coloured canvases, sensuous abstracted figures and images from space exploration reflect the vitality and aspirations of that era.

His Pop Art heritage remains and is inherent throughout many works. However as his work has developed, the quality of paint and texture on canvas, used to create emotion has become a primary focus in his later abstracted works.