Landscape painting in Norway in 2013 on Marstein Island

Landscape painting in Norway in 2013 on Marstein Island



The Art Students League of New York, Painting Certificate,  New York, NY 1997-2002

Capilano College, Foundation Year, Design & Illustration Program, N. Vancouver, BC 1996-97

Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC 1995-96

Emily Carr, Art Access Program, Vancouver, BC 1995

University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Marketing Major, Vancouver, BC 1987-90

Capilano College, Pre-Commerce Year, Vancouver, BC 1986-87



Canvas Gallery, Toronto, 2003 - present

Chenier Fine Arts, Thunder Bay, 2007 - present

Loch Gallery, Toronto/Winnipeg/Calgary, 2008 - present

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, 2010 - present



Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, ON April 2019

Jordan Art Gallery, Featured Artist Show, St. Catharines, ON April-June 2017

Craft Arts Market, St. Catharines, ON June 2015

Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, ON September 2014

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC October 2011

A Mano Libera Gallery, St. Catharines, ON March 2010

Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden September 2008

Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON September 2007

1080BUS Gallery, Toronto, ON 2006

Spoke the Hub, Brooklyn, NY 2000



Kurbatoff Gallery, Summer Gallery Artist Group Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C. August 2019

Loch Gallery, Summer Rhythms, Toronto, ON Aug 2018

Canvas Gallery (at Infiniti), Road Trip, Toronto, ON April 2018

Kurbatoff Gallery, Gallery Artists Group Show, Vancouver, BC Aug 2017

Loch Gallery, Figures of Inspiration, Winnipeg, April 2016

Niagara Artists Centre, Small Feats, St. Catharines, ON, April 2016

University of West Indies, From Likeness to Fiction, Trinidad, May 2015

Rodman Hall, Brock University, From Likeness to Fiction, St. Catharines, ON April 2015

Loch Gallery, Vantage Point, Winnipeg, MB April 2015

Loch Gallery, A Human Presence, Toronto/Winnipeg/Calgary, March 2015

Kurbatoff Gallery, Gallery Artist Group Show, Vancouver, BC June 2014

Loch Gallery, Gallery Artist Group Exhibition, Toronto, ON March 2014

Marstein Fyr Residency Exhibition, Bekkjarvik, Norway August 2013

Kurbatoff Gallery, Gallery Artist Group Show, Vancouver, BC May 2013

Loch Gallery, Gallery Artist Group Show, Winnipeg, MB March 2012

New York University, Collaborative Illustrated Book Project, New York, NY May 2011

Comand Gallery, Buffalo, NY April 2011

Kurbatoff Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Vancouver, BC August 2010

Loch Gallery, Concepts and Canvas, Toronto, ON March 2010

Loch Gallery, Exploring the Figure, Toronto, ON May 2009

Loch Gallery, Best of the Contemporaries, Calgary, AB Mar. 2009

Loch Gallery, Best of the Contemporaries, Toronto, ON Dec. 2008

Loch Gallery, Young Painters, Toronto, ON July 2008

Red Brick Café, Sis n’ Bro Show III, Guelph, ON 2008

Gladstone Art Bar, Sis n’ Bro Show II, Toronto, ON 2007

Hugh’s Room, Sis n’ Bro Show: Paintings by Geoff and Gillian Farnsworth, Toronto, ON 2006

Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2006

A.G.O., In Your Face Show, Toronto, ON 2006

William Stephen Gallery, Toronto, ON 2006

Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2006

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON 2006

Marci J. Kroft Art Consulting, Toronto, ON 2004-05

Hollis & Knight, Washington, DC 2004-05

Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto, ON 2004

Yaelle Gallery, Toronto, ON 2003

Distillery Art Fair, Toronto, ON 2003

Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY 2002

Balsamo Gallery, Woodstock, NY 2001

Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Ctr., New York, NY 2000

Times Square Lobby Gallery, New York, NY 2000

Port Authority Terminal, New York, NY 1999

Ferry Building Gallery, Faces Show, West Vancouver, BC 1997

Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC 1997

Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC 1996



The AVB Podcast on the Road, Studio visit & interview, St. Catharines, ON January 2019

The Sound, Arts and Culture Paper for the Niagara Region, The Figure is More Than it Seems, by Bart Gazzola, St. Catharines, ON March 2017

The Sound, Arts and Culture Paper for the Niagara Region, Artist Profile, St. Catharines, ON July 2015

CFBU Brock Radio, Artist Profile and Interview, St. Catharines, ON Sept. 2014

The Linea, Online Journal for the Art Students League of New York, The Studio Project, New York, NY, Jan 2014

International Contemporary Artists, Vol. II. ICA Publishing, 2011, New York, NY: included in compendium of international painters

The Walleye Arts & Culture Newspaper, Tiffany Jarva, Review for 1st issue, Thunder Bay, ON July 2010

Juxtapoz Magazine Online, Reader Art, Aug. 25, 2008

CBC Radio One, Lupe Rodriguez, Toronto, ON Jan. 2006

Vie des Arts, John Grande, Review for No. 202 Spring 2006 issue, Toronto, ON, Jan. 2006



First Prize Winner, Art Competition, Welland Rose Festival, Welland, ON 2014

Symposium & Residency, Marstein Island, Austevoll, Norway, August 2013

Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career Artist Grant 2010

Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant 2007

Get Real Art Gallery, Finalist, Painting Competition, New York, NY 2000

Art Students League of New York, Merit Scholarship, New York, NY 1999

BC & Yukon Community Newspapers,  Graphic Design Scholarship, Capilano College, N. Van, BC 1996



Part Time Art Instructor, Niagara College, Graphic Design Program, Welland, ON, 2010-present

Juror, Brock University, Student Illustrated Story Exhibition, St. Catharines, ON April 2015

Juror, Welland Rose Festival, Welland, ON, Aug 2013

Juror, Brock University, Rodman Hall Final Year Painting Exhibition, St. Catharines, ON 2011

Juror, Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto, ON 2008

Art Instructor, The Painted Turtle, Thunder Bay, ON Aug-Sep 2007



The photo up top here was taken in August 2013 by one of the three other artists who were invited with me to paint for a week on Marstein Island, off the coast of Bergen, Norway. It is one of my favourite reminders for how good it feels for me to work from life. Much of my art training came with working from life. The photo at the bottom here was taken with my daughter, in collaboration you could say.  It's a great reminder and metaphor for working with the magic and process of regular immediate personal life.

My art training began in diapers with crayons in a family that promoted it.  My mum kept at me to focus on some talent she saw in this direction, but I rebelled by going to business school.  At age 27, I changed direction to spend a year building a portfolio to gain entrance into the Graphic Design & Illustration Program at Cap College in North Vancouver.  This was an amazing experience for me, although a growing love for life drawing and painting had me heed my favourite instructor, Kiff Holland's words to go to the Art Students League in New York City.  Which I did from 1997 to 2002. 

Full time training here from the human model, followed by working in the abstract painting studios of Bill Scharf and Frank O'Cain, began to meld a way of working and a style that projected into the future.  Bill Scharf, having been the studio assistant to Mark Rothko, and working himself from an extension and growth out of the Abstract Expressionist movement, allowed me to follow my own direction, but where he would 'hop on your boat' and throw out suggestions and cause altered perspectives in working with and thinking about colour, composition, and process. Frank O'Cain's mystical aesthetics further shook up and helped to morph new ways of approaching combinations of plan and exploration, representation with abstraction, and form into colour.  Working at the end of this New York period upstairs in the printmaking studio of Richard Pantell, considerations for exploration and new materials were further enhanced.

Following 9-11 and another year in the city, attempts at obtaining an artist visa in a clamped down city proved too restrictive, and so I listened to a long time urge to move north to Toronto to be in a thriving art community with an artist sister and writer aunt.  Those 5 years in Toronto were good to me in getting more involved in my studio and practice.  A baby on the way led me out of the big city and up to Thunder Bay for the birth of a beautiful daughter.  A deepening love for the land came out of my short time in this amazing location on the north shore of Lake Superior.  With a migration to the Niagara region soon after came several more years now continuing to explore new directions in new studio settings, and I am currently working in a large communal studio space in downtown St. Catharines. This Niagara Artists Centre initiated multi space has become an inspiring setting to be creating a lot of new work in varied size, motif, and perspective.

My paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base.  It's important to me that the paintings work well as collections of shape, colour, texture, and energy; while also building a compelling image.  Working with people and motifs from my personal world, I focus continuously on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance.  My figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape.

My paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, the Niagara region, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Sweden, Norway, and Trinidad.

-Geoff Farnsworth, 2017

My daughter holding a painting I made of her. She is my most constant model for my paintings.

My daughter holding a painting I made of her. She is my most constant model for my paintings.