Geoff Tune

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Geoff Tune was born in 1947 in Gisborne. He attended Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1969 with a Diploma in Fine Arts with Honours, before completing his Diploma in Teaching at the Auckland Secondary Teachers' Training College in 1970.

Tune's work explores a language of visual symbols as referents of landscape, time and place. His affinity for symbolic forms is a continuing thread through his oeuvre, binding together painterly works of various media, built constructions and differing subject matter. Indeed, while much of his inspiration is drawn from his proximity to the volcanic cones, harbours, waterways and other prominent landscape features of Auckland, Tune develops the visual language of these elements in such a way as to imply their geographical ubiquity. Thus, works informed by his visits to the United Kingdom and Italy relate in a broader sense to his'home' works: functioning on one level as a kind of visual memoir of Tune's specific influences, inspirations and emotional state at a given time and place, while simultaneously illuminating the common features of place that act as the anchors around which civilisation is based.

Tune has been consistently exhibiting work since the early 1970's. He has held over 30 solo exhibitions, participated in numerous group shows and his work is widely represented in publicand private collections, including the Wallace Trust and WaikatoMuseum Collections. In 2001, Tune was selected to produce a largescale commission for Cathay Pacific's executive lounge in Bangkok. Tune continues to produce work from his Mt Eden studio and is aregular participant in the annual Mt Eden Artists' Community project.

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