Geoff Soames – A Maritime Life

Nov 30, 2021

Anglesea Art Space is very honoured to hold a solo exhibition by long time Anglesea resident (60+ years) Geoff Soames. Geoff started his love of marine art in primary school, where his drawings and paintings of sailing ships would adorn the classroom walls. He went on to study art under the late Ambrose Griffin, a former member of the Victorian Artists Society. Geoff developed his own style in marine watercolours, specialising in the latter-age sailing ship era of 1840-1940s. His fine attention to detail and experience as an ocean-sailing yachtsman travelling the globe through many ports, has seen his work much sought after internationally. He has been invited annually to exhibit at the Mystic Maritime Museum in Connecticut, U.S.A. and is represented in private collections throughout Australia, Britain, U.S.A. and Scandinavia. Geoff has also worked with K.R. Cecil and R.V. Carr at the local Anglesea and District Historical Society to help capture the story of the wreck of the Inverlochy, a 62 page publiication. On the 18 December 1902, as the Inverlochy was heading to Port Phillip Bay, it became wrecked on Butler’s Reef – midway between Point Addis and Point Roadknight. Now in his 90s, Geoff lives in his house which was rebuilt after the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires – with a spectacular view towards Point Addis, ships continuing their passage towards Melbourne and an everchanging coastal horizon, it’s no wonder he is still inspired to paint his beloved ships.
Bookings/Visiting the Exhibition
 There is no cost to visit the Anglesea Art Space.
Covid QR or manual check in, and double vaccination verification required.
Wed 1 – Sun 5 December 2021
10am-4pm daily
Anglesea Art Space, 2/103 Great Ocean Road (corner of Noble Street), Anglesea

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