About the listing
Set in bushland acreage a birdsong from Bells Beach, Moongate Studios is the owner-built mudbrick home, studios, gallery and gardens of Geo & Jan Francis, internationally acclaimed artists. A personal and working relationship of over 45 years has crafted Jan & Geo into an intuitive, vibrant team co-ordinating art projects from concept design to installation, whilst developing their own well-recognised and celebrated creative voices.
Art has opened many doors of opportunity, travel, cultural exchange and friendship for this dynamic duo. Though self-taught, both artists have achieved Signatory status at the Victorian Artists Society Melbourne, an Honorary Arts Degree from the Accademia Delle Belle Arti di Cuneo Italy and back home were founding elders for Geelong Sculptors Inc.
Much awarded and applauded internationally for art excellence and their cultural exchange initiatives, Jan & Geo in October 2017 received a Medaglia Mauriziana per le Arti in Italy for life-time achievement in the Arts. Jan’s Gold Medal at Expo Milano Italy 2015 and subsequent exhibitions in South Korea and China 2016 in collaboration with President of Qualitaly Cultural Association Massimiliano Panero, and the International Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Federation have greatly enriched their creative and personal lives.
Awarded, commissioned and collected world-wide, Jan has held over 50 solo exhibitions on 4 continents. Colour, design and narrative are key elements of her arts practice expressed in oil on canvas and pen on paper drawings. Collaborating with a family bard, recent book illustration has been another adventure – books available at the Gallery. Geo sculpts in many mediums to interpret the world around him. Elongated feminine figures in steel inspired by Giacometti and birds are favoured, although bronze, timber and limestone works evolve when he takes a break from sculpting stone walls and out-buildings at Moongate.
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