Northern Irish visual artist/retired veterinary surgeon Michael Geddis specialises in drawing and print-making. He delights in the elegance of natural forms/patterns and finds microscopic structures particularly inspirational. His intuitively-drawn cellular landscapes are derived from memory and imagination. His drawings are characterised by distinctively microscopic features including areas of soft focus or sharp focus/crisp silhouettes and a sense of diffuse lighting that appears to be coming from underneath the pictorial plane.
Geddis graduated from Ulster University with First Class Honours in Fine Art – his 2013 degree show drew acclaim at national level (RDS’s James White Prize for Drawing).
Since then, his practice has developed steadily through several awarded artist residencies/bursaries, collaborations with other artists and a series of projects funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. These have involved using micro-surgeons magnifying loupes to produce finely detailed drawings, making direct microscopic observations of natural patterns and chemically extracting natural pigments to make inks for drawing/printmaking.
His work is exhibited widely in Ireland as well as in GB, USA & Scandinavia. It is included in the art collections of the National Gallery of Ireland, the Office of Public Works (Ireland), Northern Ireland Civil Service, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Wicklow County Council and Ulster University.
Geddis received a Fellowship from Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo in 2016, the Anna Cheyne Biennial Award in 2017 and the Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition in 2019.
Curriculum Vitae Dr MICHAEL GEDDIS MVB, BA (Hons), MSc, MSc COMM, MRSB, MRCVS | Visual Artist based in Northern Ireland
- Artist Residencies
- Selected Collections
- Solo Exhibitions
- Selected Group and Joint Exhibitions
- Professional Experience
- Publications / Reviews
2010 – 13 First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, Ulster University, Belfast
2008 – 10 NIOCN Painting, South Eastern Regional College, Bangor
1995 – 98 MSc in Communication, Queens University, Belfast
1993 – 94 MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Edinburgh University
1978 – 83 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin