Geoffrey Dupree (born 1947)
oil on canvas
95 x 34cm
signed and dated verso
Exhibited: Geoffrey Dupree – Paintings & Drawings – Selected Urban Landscapes, Cat No 17
Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Oct 24th to Nov 24th 1990
Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, Jan 10th to Mar 1st 1992
Sale Regional Arts Centre, Apr 1st to Apr 21st 1992
Horsham Art Gallery, May 5th to May 31st 1992
Literature: Geoffrey Dupree – Paintings & Drawings – Selected Urban Landscapes 1973 - 1991, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre Exhibition Catalogue with essay by Robert Nelson, illustration pg 9, reference pg 11
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In the intimate and memorable Caller, we behold the spectacle of an innocent and absolutely private phone-call that seems fraught with disquieting complications. The dramatic lighting on the young woman's body creates a flash in a gloomy and soulless public urban space. The light picks out the curves in her back and every crease in her pants and contrasts this with the hard, square edges of the urban space and public communication technologies. This painting captures the melancholic story of modern city life: its endless possibilities—and inevitable failures—for connection
Geoffrey Dupree was born in the United Kingdom in 1947and arrived in Australia in 1955. He returned to London in 1971 to study art at the City and Guilds of London Art School and St Martins School of Art.
He held his first solo exhibition of paintings at Australian Galleries, Melbourne in 1979. In the same year Dupree began a teaching career in Victorian tertiary institutions. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and numerous regional galleries .