Geoff Bonney is a painter and sculptor living near Learmonth, north-west of Ballarat, who has had a lifelong interest in text. In this playful exhibition, he uses the alphabet as a repeated motif in an investigation into colour, form and communication, with each letter taking on an abstract colour-field quality.
Cryptic titles add to the intrigue of what the letters spell out and to invite the viewer to study the paintings more thoroughly. The ‘pangrams’ of the title are sentences which contain each letter of the alphabet, such as the well-known example ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’.
Geoff Bonney grew up on the Murray River. He left school early to train as a screen-printer, then worked as a graphic designer in the London fashion industry in the 1970s before travelling in Europe, South Africa, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia where he was exposed to the rich and varied practice of different cultures.
For 17 years Bonney worked in partnership with fellow Ballarat artist Peter Widmer at Ratartat, a public art cooperative which promoted creativity and humour through collaboration.