Joan Geary
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  • Willow Springs, IL
  • United States
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Joan Geary Studio
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Art Interests
Architecture, Art History, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
My paintings are inspired by the aesthetic of the natural world, a beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Ever changing, weathered surfaces and forms, or atmospheric events, both in the landscape and man-made architecture or objects have a certain austerity that is excitingly beautiful to me. I cannot name what moves me; rather than replicating what has been seen, the work is a response.

While the painting surfaces at first glance may seem to have a sort of simplicity, beneath the surface they are quite complex. As in nature, the history of how things got the way they are contributes to their ingenuous integrity. Veils of paint are stacked, each one chosen for its transparency or opacity, its warmth or coolness, its vibrancy or weight. The layers are applied, distressed and applied again until a remembrance of something seen emerges. These components are then built upon until the painting breathes on its own.

The painting and the painter both have a say in the outcome, each attempting to achieve an absence of self-nature, an egolessness, an understated elegance. It is my hope that the end result will glorify God's creation.
Accomplishments / CV
2015, Fall Arts Collective, Christ Church of Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL
2014, 2nd Annual Art Exhibit, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
2013, 37th Annual Art Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL
2003, Juried exhibit, Gahlberg Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL
2002, Group exhibit, College of Du Page, Glen Ellyn, IL
2000, Juried exhibit, Gahlberg Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL
1979, Juried exhibit, Countryside Art Center, Arlington Heights, IL

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