Geoff Smith was originally from Hartlepool in County Durham, but after being made redundant he moved in 1990 to Manchester and joined Greater Manchester Police where he still serves.
Geoff has always had a keen interest in drawing and painting and was encouraged at an early age to make a career in art. However, he went on to work as a Thermal Insulation Engineer, working on and off-shore throughout the British Isles.
As a result of a meeting with a former colleague Phil Harding he was invited to join him in sharing studio space at Vernon Mill, Stockport, which resulted in the first showing of his works with a then newly formed group ‘Vernon Mill Artists’.
Geoff had his first ‘solo’ exhibition at the Blyth Gallery in Manchester city centre in July 2002 with an exhibition titled “Observations” , where he was described by the Gallery as “A very versatile painter with a variety of styles”.
Later Geoff left Vernon Mill to build his own studio in Sale, erected in the grounds of his home, where he now spends most of his spare time and enjoys every minute.
“Due to my love of travel and never being one to miss an opportunity for exposure, I have supplied and sold works across the globe – in New York, St Kitts, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Eire and across the North of England”.
He is currently working on a series of paintings inspired by a recent visit to the 120th Durham Miners Gala, in his cultural homeland of County Durham, he is in the process of arranging an exhibition at next year’s Gala.
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