Geoffrey Laurence is an American realist painter. He lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Laurence was born in Paterson, New Jersey. Child of Holocaust survivors, he was brought up and educated in London, England. He attended the Byam Shaw School of Art from 1965 to 1968, where he received the London Certificate in Art and Design and studied with Bridget Riley and Bill Jacklin. From 1968-1969 he studied graphic design under Tom Eckersley at the London College of Printing and then Saint Martins School of Art from 1969 to 1972 where he studied painting under Frederick Gore and received his BA. In 1992, he moved to New York and attended the New York Academy of Art where he studied with Eric Fischl, Wade Schuman and Vincent Desiderio and received his MFA Cum Laude in 1995. He is the recipient of PoetsArtists/Bauhaus Award, Palm Art Award, George Sugarman Foundation Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Award, Walter Erlebacher Award, J. Epstein Travel Award.
His paintings have been exhibited across the USA and in Europe including the Las Vegas Art Museum, Yeshiva University Museum, Arnot Art Museum amongst others, including 13 solo shows. He has taught and exhibited in schools, museums and galleries across the USA and in Europe since 1972. He has been interviewed on local radio and his work is on permanent display at The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX. A major retrospective of the Holocaust Series in 2016 was held at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities in Denver CO.
In his work, he seeks to construct a bridge between contemporary and classical vision in art and to confront the viewer with a sense of humanity and archetypal human experience, incorporating elements of time passing and events taking place within the motif. He is currently represented by the Richard J Demato Gallery in NY, USA.