Every month we choose one of our favourite creatives to TAKE OVER the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine social media for the day. In April we chose painter Jeremy Geddes to share with us the artists who have inspired him through his artistic career. Just in case you missed it, below we present the full TAKE OVER.
Jeremy Geddes // “Begin Again”, 2012, Oil on Board
Zdzisław Beksiński // “Untitled” – From the moment I stumbled onto Beksiński’s work 25 years ago, it’s never stopped having a deep and profound effect. His works, although sometimes realist, sometimes abstract, seem to inhabit a consistent universe. One obeying its own unearthly physical laws and alien epistemology.
René Magritte // ‘The Empire of Light’, 1953–54, Oil on Canvas – A print of this painting was hung in an art-room of my primary school, and it completely enraptured me. It was hard to focus on anything else. It was the first time I remember seeing an image that used a conceptual juxtaposition to create a reality that was at the same time completely convincing but also entirely impossible.
Colin Hay // When I was eight or nine I found my primary school library had a copy of Spacewreck: Ghostships and Derelicts of Space. The images, ancient wrecks of vast spaceships peering out of jungle canopies, astronauts dead for a millennia tumbling through space tethered to their broken equipment, was the first introduction my formative brain had to the notion of deep-time. Time on a scale so vast that all human cares and achievements were swallowed without notice.
John Harris // “Gully Foyle’s Fate” – Harris’ beautiful paintings have been in my life for as long as I can remember. His effortless use of paint to communicate scale is something that never ceases to impress me.
Antonio López García // “Gran Vía”, 1974-1981 – Garcia is a stunning painter for many reasons, but the reason this painting is so important to me is how closely I’ve studied it. I’m endlessly impressed at how, upon very close inspection his architectural forms emerge from a jumble of chaotic brush-marks; marks that themselves seem to speak of the optically distorting nature of the city air itself.
Ernest Meissonier // ‘The Barricade, rue de la Mortellerie”, 1848 – I’ve was drawn to Meissonier for his virtuosic control of paint. And after I read ‘The judgement of Paris’, by Ross King I was happy to find a painter who was even slower the me. :) This tiny intimate piece is my favorite of his, and is quite a departure from his usual grand works of Napoleonic history.
Andrew Wyeth // “Adrift”, 1982 – I could stare at Wyeth’s quite melancholic works forever. The impeccable composition of this piece leaves me in awe.
This was the last piece chosen by Jeremy Geddes for his TAKE OVER. Thank you again Jeremy, we really appreciate you taking the time to put this day together.