Godfrey Blow was born in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, England in 1948. He gained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 1971. He attended Manchester Metro University, where he qualified as a teacher in 1973. Blow emigrated to Australia in 1982. Numerous solo and mixed exhibitions of his work have been held in Western Australia since 1982. He has also participated in a number of mixed shows in Victoria, New South Wales and the United Kingdom. His work is represented in private and public collections in Australia, including The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank Australia, University of Western Australia and the collections of the cities of Bunbury, Albany and Fremantle. In addition he has won several prestigious art awards in Western Australia.
Since 2002 he has exhibited with the Stuckist group most notably in their landmark exhibition, The Stuckist Punk Victorian at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, during the 2004 Liverpool Biennial. He is also one of the featured artists exhibiting in the Triumph of Stuckism, which comprises part of Liverpool's 2006 Biennial.
Much of my work is concerned with exploring symbols derived from natural forms that give an insight into the nature of existence. I believe that the truth is just as likely to be found in mythology and as relevant to our appreciation of the world as scientific facts. Although elements in the work are highly personal, the images used will strike a universal chord. The development of a more spiritual approach to my painting is becoming increasingly significant. Although spiritual in nature the work is not religious and seeks to understand the world in a meaningful way.…Read More
Education. 1994Master of Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia - 2 units completed. 1973-74 Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, England. 1967-71 Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2nd Class Honours, Upper Division, Sheffield Hallam University, England.
Solo Exhibitions. 2006Stafford Studios, ?Symbols & Metaphors?, Cottesloe, Perth, W.A. 2001Church Gallery, Claremont, Perth, W.A. 1998Gomboc Gallery, James Street, Middle Swan, W.A. 1996Gomboc Gallery, James Street, Middle Swan, W.A. 1993The Geraldton Regional Gallery, 24 Chapman Road, Geraldton, W.A. 1992Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, ?Facing the Dawn?, University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. 1989Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, W.A. 1986Quentin Gallery, Claremont, Perth, W.A. 1984Undercroft Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. 1983Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, W.A. Glyde Gallery, Mosman Park, Perth, W.A. 1980Hendon Library, Hendon, London, England. 1976Barnet Arts Centre, London, England.
Selected Group Exhibitions. 2006 ?Triumph of Stuckism?, John Moores University, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England. Minnawarra Art Award, Armadale, Perth, W.A. 2005 Cossack Art Award, Invited Artists Only, Cossack, W.A. ?A Parched Progress:Landscapes of Australia?, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. Minnawarra Art Award, Armadale, Perth, W.A. 2004Cossack Art Award, Invited Artists Only, Cossack, W.A. Mixed Passions, Stafford Studios of Fine Art, Cottesloe, Perth, W.A. The Stuckist Punk Victorian, Liverpool Biennial, The Walker and Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, England. 2003?Fire On!?, Stafford Studio of Fine Art, Cottesloe, Perth, W.A. 2002Art of the Refugee, Moores Building, Fremantle, W.A. Cossack Art Award, Cossack, W.A. The First Stuckist International, Stuckist International Centre, London, England. ?Stuck up North?, Newcastle Art Centre, Newcastle, England. ?Stuck Down South?, Fad Gallery, Chinatown, Melbourne, Victoria. 2001Salek Minc Art Exhibition, Jewish Centre, Yokine, W.A. 2000City of Albany Art Prize, Albany, W.A. 1999 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation Art Auction & Sale, Perth,W.A. 1998I am not a racist but......Symposium and Visual Arts Exhibition, Kulcha, Fremantle. ?Being?, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, W.A. 1996Summer?96: A mixed exhibition of West Australian Artists, Kalla Yeedip Arts, Midland, W.A. Memory & Reality, an exhibition of contemporary art work by W.A. Artists, Kalla Yeedip Arts,W.A. Australian in London, Mall Galleries, London, England. 1995 Recollections-5 year Gallery Celebration, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery,University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. 1994Williams Art Competition, Williams, W.A. 1993 Selected Acquisitions, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Williams Art Competition, Williams, W.A. 1990Small scale painting exhibition, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, W.A. 19899 x 5, Undercroft Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. Mosman Art Prize, Mosman, NSW. 1988Paint for peace, Moores Building, Fremantle, W.A. 198725th Albany Art Competition, Albany, W.A. Royal Agricultural Society of WA Invitation Art Award, Perth, W.A. 1986BP Art Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. 1985WA Week Invitation Art Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA. 1984WA Week Invitation Art Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, W.A. Destination China, Nexus, Fremantle, Touring Exhibition for the People?s Republic of China. Bunbury City Invitation Drawing & Printmaking Exhibition, Bunbury, W.A. 1983Annual Art Exhibition, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, W.A. 1973Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England. 1972Open Art Exhibition, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, England. 1971Graduate Show, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England.
Awards. 2002Cossack Art Award, Category:Painting, Abstract/Modern, Oil or Acrylic. 1993Highly Commended, The City of Gosnells Art Award 1987Silver Anniversary Art Award, 25th Albany Art Competition. Highly Commended, Royal Agricultural Society of WA Invitation Art Award. 1985Western Australia Week Invitation Art Award. 1984Bunbury City Invitation Art Purchase Award.
Collections. The Art Gallery of Western Australia Curtin University of Technology City of Bunbury Artbank Education Department of Western Australia Holmes a? Court Collection The University of Western Australia Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital City of Fremantle City of Albany Sheffield Hallam University Dr John Collis Various private collections in Australia & U.K.
Selected Bibliography. 2005 Ramsey, Kerryn & Berger, Sara, ?Breathing Life into Art?, Art & Medicine. 2004 Banks, Ron, ?Getting Stuck Into Concepts?, West Australian. Thomson, Charles & O?Keefe, Paul, The Stuckists Punk Victorian. 2003 McGrath, Judy, http://www.artseen.vbw.com.au 2001 McGrath, Judy, http://www.artseen.vbw.com.au 1996 Topka-Nevin, M ?Memory & Reality?, catalogue. 1995 D.W. Who?s Thorpe, Who of Australian Visual Artists. 1993 McGrath, Judy, Arts Inlimited. Rykes, Graham, A Buyers Guide to Australian Art. Boyd, Fiona, RTR FM University Radio. McGrath, Judy, Hills Gazette. 1990Germaine,Max, Artists & Galleries of Australia. 1988Bromfield, David, West Australian. 1987Olney, Christine, West Australian. 1985Snell, Ted, Western Mail. 1984Warnod, Helen, South Western Times. Prott, Julie, Sunday Times. 1976 Priestley, Douglas, Hampstead & Highgate Express.
2002 Cover:?Westerly?, literary journal, ?Beginnings?, oil, 183cm x 106cm 2004 Cover:?Zahir, Unforgettable Tales, literary journal,?Ascension?, oil, 36cm x 37.5cm.