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geoff shillito

The theme of Geoff’s work over the past few years has been the human head, more often than not as portraits on a monumental scale. This allows the viewer to examine in minute detail the landscape of the face. At the same time it invites the viewer to speculate on the character within. 

From birth we are programmed to respond to other faces. Yet as we mature close proximity becomes socially unacceptable. Always fascinated by the intimate view and conflicts of scale he places the subject confrontationally close. The face seen with such immediacy can be absorbing, fascinating or disquieting, uncomfortable and even threatening.

Geoff is an award-winning fine artist with a growing and enthusiastic following. He was elected a member of the Bath Society of Artists in 2005. He exhibits mainly in London and the South West, and has paintings in private collections in the USA & UK.

Image: Courtesy Ann Cook FRPS


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Open Exhibitions

Royal West of England Academy of Art, Annual Autumn Exhibition: 2017, 2016, 2013, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1995

Bath Society of Artists’ Annual Exhibition: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Holburne Portrait Prize Exhibition, Holburne Museum, Bath: 2012

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London: 2000

Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, London: 2001

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, London: 2004, 2001

Wells Art Contemporary Exhibition, Wells: 2017, 2013, 2012

Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Frome: 2016, 2013

South West Academy of Arts Annual Open Exhibition, Exeter: 2002, 2001, 2000

Millfield Open Summer Exhibition, Street: 2012, 2011, 2007, 2000, 1998


Winner: Public Choice Prize, Wells Art Contemporary Exhibition 2012

Winner: Millfield Summer Open Exhibition 2007

Joint Third Prize: Viewers’ Choice Prize, RWA Annual Autumn Exhibition 2006

Winner: The Les Matthews Oil Painting Prize, Bath Society of Artists’ Annual Exhibition 2005

Group Exhibitions

Andelli Art Gallery, Figures & Faces Exhibition, Wells (invited artist): 2017

Wells Art Contemporary Rewind Exhibition, Wells (invited artist): 2017

Bath Society of Artists’ Members' Exhibition, Bath: 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005

BSA Members' Exhibition Mariner's Gallery, St Ives (invited artist): 2014

Artspace, Henley-on-Thames: 2002

South West Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition, Exeter: 2001

Millfield Figurative Exhibition, Street (invited artist): 2008

Royal West of England Academy of Art Encore Exhibition: 2005

Artistic Licence Gallery, Hampstead, London: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Thompson Gallery, Stow-in-the-Wold: 2001

Sadler Street Gallery, Wells: 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995

Solo Exhibitions

Granada Television, Clifton, Bristol 2003


Member of the Bath Society of Artists (elected 2005)

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