GEOFFREY MOSS ART
Geoffrey Moss considers himself “… a working artist documenting the anatomy of curiosity.” Mentored by the University of Vermont’s painter, Francis Colburn, Moss earned his BA in American Literature, then a Yale BFA/MFA; his third year at Yale on an out-of- residence full scholarship. His Masters project focused on the color black, exploring architectonic shapes creating a series of drawings and photograms that continue to invade his body of work.
Eight years as a patinator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservation Department resulting in a travel grant to study medieval polychrome statuary and frescos through Europe. Certainly Moss’s career as a painter has taken a circuitous route: art restorer, photographer, illustrator, theatrical designer, animator, author.
On leaving the Museum to support his painting he free-lanced for the Op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, consequently leading to a 23-year contract with The Washington Post Writers Group as a nationally syndicated political satirist. A collection of his drawings was subsequently published, The Art and Politics of Geoffrey Moss, forwarded by CBS’s Dan Rather. His captionless iconic drawings, MOSSPRINTS “…an artist’s take on global politics”, gained recognition with three Pulitzer-Prize nominations including one for his series on the Watergate Scandal and another for his 9/11 series, recognized with a solo exhibition at D.C.’s Newseum.
Until the death of his Father in 1993 Moss’s work remained mostly under the radar. Since then his work has been exhibited through a Museum of Modern Art traveling exhibition, The Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Smithsonian, The Newseum, The Robert Hull Fleming Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Kennedy Center, The Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield MA, Andy Warhol Museum and is included in the collections of Comcast, Apple, American Can, Mohegan Sun Casino and others. His most recent solo shows, in 2015, caption-less political satire at Lauren Clark Fine Art, Inappropriate Appropriations (2013) celebrated the opening of Architect Phillip Johnson’s. gallery space Studio Vendome, and Vendome Projects, NYC; one gallery exhibited his paintings the second, Moss’s works on paper. In 2011 he was invited to exhibit some 25 drawings and 30 paintings at Gensler, global architectural firm located in Rockefeller Center.
Moss has taught conceptual thinking at Parsons / The New School, given Masters Classes at Marywood University and Syracuse University, guest panelist at The National Holocaust Museum, MIT, and Pratt-Phoenix. His most recent book, The Biker Code, Wisdom for the Ride was a collaboration of black and white photographs and interviews about America’s motorcycle culture.
He holds degrees from The University of Vermont (BA, Distinguished Alumnus Award) and Yale School of Art and Architecture (BFA, MFA/scholarship).