Most of Geoff's studio work, consisting of historical or contemporary marine subjects, is in oil on linen canvas. These can be large paintings; in 2015 I completed a view of Hong Kong Harbour in 1849 which measured 55 x 85 inches, over 32 square feet. A more usual size is around 20 x 30 inches or 24 x 36. They can take many weeks or even months to paint, though sometimes the preliminary research process is also lengthy - to take an extreme example, Geoff conducted 113 hours of research before he even picked up a brush for his reconstruction of Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose.
Geoff has a waiting list for commissioned studio pieces, usually from eighteen months to two years. So he is generally working on one painting but at the same time he has in mind four or five other pieces at different stages; he is a great believer in the maturing process, researching a subject and then letting ideas ferment at the subconscious level for a lengthy period.
In recent years he has returned to watercolour for plein-air painting, a great contrast with my studio painting in medium, subject, and time spent! I usually paint with the Wapping Group of Artists, so the subject-matter is Thames-side, the estuary, and London in general.
1948 Born on 11 March in Twickenham, London
1966-70 Studied Graphic Design at Kingston and Epsom Schools of Art
1977 First exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists
1989 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
1992-98 Elected an Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Society Marine Artists
1994-96 Appointed Chairman of the Royal Society of Marine Artists Publishing Committees
1998-2003 Elected Vice President Royal Society of Marine Artists
2003 Elected a Member of the Wapping Group of Artists
2003-08 President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Wapping Group of Artists
Prizewinner, Best Painting of the Champagne Mumm Admiral’s Cup, 1991
Award of Excellence, 22nd Annual International Marine Art Exhibition for ‘Dispatches for Admiral Thornton’
Conway Age of Sail Award, 2002
Shipwright’s Award, 2004
Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award for ‘Ranger Bound for France’, 2005
Rudolph J Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award for ‘Sir George Collier’s Squadron in Penobscot Bay’, 2007
Royal Society of Marine Artists Diploma Collection
Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth
Royal Naval Submarine Museum, Gosport
HMS Neptune, Faslane
The Mariner’s Museum, Newport News
Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut
‘The Sea Painter's World, The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt 2003-2010' by Geoff Hunt, Conway Maritime Press, 2011
The Frigate Surprise, by Geoff Hunt and Brian Lavery, Conway Maritime Press, 2008
The Wapping Group of Artists, Seafarer Books, 2005 (contributor and editor)
The Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, Conway Maritime Press, 2004 (reprinted in 2008)
The Tall Ship in Art: the Work of Five Leading British Marine Artists, Blandford, 1998 (reprinted 2005)
A Celebration of Marine Art: Fifty Years of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Blandford, 1996
A Celebration of Marine Art: Sixty Years of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Bounty Books, 2005
The Sea Painter's World, by Geoff Hunt, Conway Anova Books, 2011
A year in watercolour with Geoff Hunt, monthly diary, The Artist, 2014
Geoff Hunt's watercolour diary, monthly diary, The Artist, 2015
Geoff Hunt - Painting in the Studio, SEA-TV, USA (DVD), 2005
Geoff Hunt, Portrait of a Marine Artist, SEA-TV, USA (DVD), 2004
Geoff largely receives commisssions for historical vessels as this is his speciailist area. Clients often approach Geoff with a subject in mind but grant him a certain degree of freedom in carrying out their brief. While there is currently an eighteen month waiting list on commissioned pieces, the artist is always happy to discuss future commissions with clients who are happy to wait. Once begun, projects (especially larger projects) can take between several weeks to several months to complete.
Subject-matter includes historical vessels, the Thames-side, the estuary, and London in general. Commissions process is usually very lengthy, there is a waiting list from 18 months - 2 years and large paintings can take several weeks or months to complete.
The American Club Hong Kong