Description of Venue
Living and working from Moongate Studios, their owner-built mudbrick home & studios sited amid beautiful bush acreage in the Surf Coast’s Bellbrae West, Geo & Jan embrace a vibrant, creative lifestyle with over 40 years of arts practice and experience.
Expressing her passion for narrative, design and colour through large oil canvases and exquisite pen drawings, Jan has held over 45 solo exhibitions on 3 continents, is well awarded, broadly patronised & collected and, with husband Geo, has achieved signatory status at the Victorian Artists Society and received an Honorary Arts Degree for artistic merit in 2005 from the Accademia Delle Belle Arti di Cuneo in Piedmont Italy .
Through their art initiatives, Geo & Jan with friend and colleague Sg. Massimiliano Panero (Turin Italy), have established and nurtured an international cultural corridor of goodwill and friendship for over 18 years between Piedmont Italy and Geelong Australia and have been recognised with an Honorary citizenship of Piedmont in 2005. This cultural exchange is now championed in Australia by Diversitat Geelong in partnership with Deakin University, National Wool Museum and the City of Greater Geelong.
Sculptor Geo favours the human landscape in much of his studio work, his nudes often draw from Giacometti and Brancusi for a more minimalistic and exaggerated expression. Comfortable in most mediums and scale, he and wife Jan have designed and directed several large regional sculpture projects such as PIPELINE (Civic & Recreational Precinct, Torquay) TANGO (Eagles Nest Gallery, Aireys Inlet) TWO CULTURES (Sea Bank Estate, Barwon Heads) SKATING GECKO (Corio Park Geelong) LARA BUSHFIRE MEMORIAL and THE BELLBRAE WALL.
Jan & Geo are founding and current elders of Geelong Sculptors Inc. formed Christmas 2001 to raise awareness of sculpture in the community by promoting sculptors at all levels and sculpture in all mediums through members exhibitions and networking.
Art has opened many doors for this dynamic duo who continue to sculpt dreams into reality through their studio artworks, their gallery space and arty building & garden projects at Moongate.
Gallery and studio open by appointment most days. Commissions always welcome.