Geoffrey Proud, Untitled
Geoffrey Proud, Untitled & Evening
Geoffrey Robert Proud was born in 1946 in Adelaide, South Australia. Although Proud had no formal artistic training, he soon created such a portfolio of art hat he was able to exhibit them at the Watters Gallery, Sydney in 1967. He became particularly known for his pop style during his early years and surrealist works of art painted on the reverse side of perspex. In later years, Proud's style became more conventional working with oils and acrylics on canvas. Proud is also known for a variety of book illustrations including Shirley Hazzard's Transit of Venus.
Geoffrey Proud's works of art are represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and many regional galleries in Australia and institutions.
The Work of Art
The University of Canberra holds in trust two works of art by Geoffrey Proud which contrast in style, composure and media used. The first, painted in 1975, is of a nude female figure painted in watercolour and coloured pencils. The use of watercolour for this figurative work provides a dreamy veil on what may have been a very graphic subject. It is also a good example of Proud's artistic talents from pop forms to more formal forms of art. The second work contrasts in that it is very much an abstract landscape.