John Geary renders cats, dogs, sheep, gorillas, chimpanzees, and other creatures in charcoal and pastel on paper without alteration or commentary. He revisits his childhood pursuit of drawing animals from various photo sources such as calendars and nature magazines. Through his choice of images and the exacting skill with which he draws, he creates a dual effect of intensity and detachment. Geary’s work crosses many genres, from performance to photography, and often with a sense of both humor and isolation.
Geary is a Los Angeles based artist, born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He went to college at University of the Arts in Philladelphia, PA, where he majored in sculpture. While in college, he met playwright, Greg Giovanni and began designing sets and props for the infamous Big Mess Theatre Company. John moved to LA in 1993 to attend graduate school at UCLA where he studied fine art and film. He has exhibited his artwork around the world, including solo exhibits in Los Angeles and New York.