5 - 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Since his first solo at Watters Gallery in Sydney, 49 years ago, Geoffrey de Groen has been exploring the nature of painting. Born in Brisbane in 1938, Geoffrey was raised and educated in Sydney. Between 1957 and 1965 he attended classes at the Julian Ashton School and the North Sydney Technical College, and he completed his studies under Wallace Thornton at the East Sydney Technical College.

In the late 1960s, under the initial patronage of English architect John Pawson, Geoffrey left Australia to travel abroad, spending the years between 1968 and 1973 teaching and exhibiting in England, France and Canada. On his return to Australia he wrote for the National Times, The Canberra Times and Art International while continuing to teach and exhibit. Geoffrey taught at the Canberra School of Art from 1973 to 1977 and at the National Art School, East Sydney Technical College, until 1985 when he stopped teaching to paint full time. In 1992 he moved his studio to Taralga in New South Wales.

In 1999 and 2009 the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery mounted exhibitions of recent works by the artist.  In 2000 Geoffrey was the recipient of the Hesketh and New England Regional Art Museum Overseas Fellowship. Later, in 2003, the New England Regional Art Museum mounted an exhibition of twenty-five paintings by the artist that are held in its permanent collection. In 2011, the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery staged a selected retrospective of Geoffrey’s career, Images from the Cage of Time, curated by Wally Caruana.

De Groen's work is represented in numerous institutional collections including those of the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Inside and outside presents a selection of recent paintings that eschew figuration yet are suggestive of landscapes and physical forms present in nature. In these paintings, de Groen constructs a series of visual dilemmas that engage and challenge the viewer to explore their own individual reading of each work, without direction or prompt other than through the paint itself. The process mirrors the artist’s mode of working: paintings may be revisited over a period of a year or more, or created in a day. The end result is unknown at the beginning, and the titles of the paintings represent the day when, to put it in de Groen’s words, ‘a painting is abandoned’.

The exhibition, which was curated by Wally Caruana, opened at the Nancy Sever Gallery on Saturday 6 September 2015 and closed on 27 September. For further informationabout available paintings from the exhibition please contact Nancy Sever at or Tel 02 6239 5434. The Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm.

 Paintings included in  the exhibition currently available for purchase:

(for details of the works, please hold cursor over the image)



Selected solo exhibitions


1966       Watters Gallery, Sydney

1967       Watters Gallery, Sydney

1968       University of Sydney

1969       Bonython Galleries, Sydney

               Eton College, Windsor, England

1970       University of Western Ontario, Canada

1971       Rothmans Gallery, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

1972       Bonython Galleries, Sydney

1973       Theatre Centre Gallery, Canberra

               Llewellyn Gallery, Adelaide

1973       Reid Gallery, Brisbane

1974       Reid Gallery, Brisbane

               Narek Galleries, Canberra

1975       Goethe Institute, Canberra

1976       Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne

               Solander Gallery, Canberra

1977       Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1981       Coventry Gallery, Sydney

               Gallery Huntly, Canberra

1982       Hogarth Gallery, Sydney

1983       Milburn Gallery, Brisbane

               Stadia Graphics, Sydney

1984       Solander Gallery, Canberra

               Milburn Gallery, Brisbane

1985       Stadia Graphics, Sydney

1987       Narek Galleries, Canberra

               Bonython-Meadmore Galleries, Adelaide and Sydney

1989       Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1991       Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1994       Solander Gallery, Canberra

               Olsen Carr, Sydney

1995       Espace Alliance, Sydney

1998       Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide

1999       Beaver Galleries, Canberra

               Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW

               Mary Place Gallery, Sydney

2000       Gallery East, Perth

               Mary Place Gallery, Sydney

               Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

               Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide

               Glenmore Galleries, Paddington, Sydney

2002       Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2003       New England Regional Art Museum, NSW

               Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2004       Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

               Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2005       Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2006       Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

               Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2007       Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

               Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

cvZ         Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2009       Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2010       Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2011       Images from the Cage of Time, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra

               Paintings, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

2012       New paintings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

2013       The Path to the Open, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

2015       The Space of the Secret, Annandale Galleries, Sydney 

Selected group exhibitions

 1967       Survey 7, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

1968        Survey 8, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

1969       Terminus 69 (with Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton), Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford, England (Director: Nick Waterlow)

1970       Seven Artists, University of Western Ontario, Canada

               Thirteen Artists, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada

1972       Four Artists, Rothmans Gallery, Stratford, Canada

1973       Four Painters, Bonython Gallery, Sydney

1974       50 Years of East Sydney Tech, Bonython Gallery, Sydney

1975       Survival Kits, Ewing Gallery, Melbourne

1985       The Subject of Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1993       Translations, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart

               Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection, Sydney

1996       Australian Contemporary Art Fair

1998       Australian Contemporary Art Fair

                Art & Furniture of the 1960s, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

                Modern & Contemporary Australian Art, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2012       Abstrakt Bilder, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

2013       Chroma: The Jim Cobb Gift, Orange Regional Gallery


Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allen Arthur Robinson)

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Baker & McKenzie Collection

Blue Mountains Grammar School

Griffith University

Kings School, Parramatta

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Victoria

New England Regional Art Museum

Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

University of Canberra

University of Western Ontario, Canada


Bonython, Kym, 1970, Modern Australian Painting 1960-1970, Adelaide: Rigby

Bonython, Kym, 1975, Modern Australian Painting 1950-1975, Adelaide: Rigby

Campbell, Jean, 1983, Australian Watercolour Painters 1780-1980, Adelaide: Rigby

Germaine, Max, 1979, Artists and Galleries, Sydney: Lansdowne

Hall, Rodney, 1975, Australians Aware, Sydney: Ure Smith

McCulloch, Alan, 1996, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Melbourne: Hutchinson

McCulloch, Alan, Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, 2006, The New McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Melbourne: Aus Art Editions in association with The Miegunyah Press

McGillick, Paul, and Corbally Stourton, Patrick, 2001, Signs of Time: One painting in one hundred parts by Geoffrey de Groen, Sydney; Corbally Stourton Contemporary Art

Ure Smith, Sydney, 1969, Present Day Art in Australia, Sydney: Ure Smith

Grants, commissions and awards

1969       Artist-in-Residence, Power Studio, Paris

1975       Mural commission, National Capital Development Commission, Canberra

1975-77 Australia Council Grant, Australia-Japan Foundation

1995       Kedumba Drawing Award

2000       The Hesketh and New England Regional Art Museum Overseas Fellowship

2005       Kings School Art Prize


De Groen, Geoffrey with Leah Mackinnon, 1978, Conversations with Australian Artists, Melbourne: Quartet Books

De Groen, Geoffrey, 1984, Some Other Dream: the artist, the artworld & the expatriate; conversations with Janet Alderson, Robert Hughes, Max Hutchinson, Robert Jacks, Bruce Latimer, Clement Meadmore, Jeffrey Smart, Stelarc, John Stringer, Sydney: Hale & Ironmonger

Teaching positions

In the United Kingdom, 1968-70:

Lecturer and teacher in Fine Art at:

Birmingham College of Art

Exeter College of Art

Harlow Technical College

Leeds College of Art

Maidstone College of Art

Newcastle College of Art

Winchester College of Art

Visiting Lecturer at:

Brighton College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art

Eton College, Windsor

Harrow School of Art

Leicester College of Art

Nottingham College of Art

Oxford College of Art

Ravensbourne College of Art

The Greater London Council

Whitney College of Art

In Canada:

Instructor in Fine Art and Basic Design, 1970-72 at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology, London, Ontario.

In Australia:

Teacher/ lecturer in Fine Art, Canberra School of Art, 1973-77

Teacher, Fine Art, Kogarah College of TAFE, 1978

Teacher, Fine Art, Gymea College of TAFE, 1979-80

Teacher/ lecturer Fine Art, National Art School, East Sydney Technical College, 1981-85