Geoff Parr is Professor Emeritus of Art and an Honorary Research Associate at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania. He has taught art at a tertiary level for 35 years and has worked in painting, photography and digital processing. Artworks by Parr are held in the public collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Tasmania’s Fine Art Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Geelong Art Gallery. Although a long-time resident of Tasmania, Geoff Parr was born in Earlwood, NSW.
As Head of School, Geoff Parr lead the integration of the Tasmanian School of Art into the University of Tasmania in 1982 and its subsequent relocation to the former IXL Jam factory buildings at 37 Hunter Street in 1986.
His current series of digital prints stretch the possibilities of surface tension created by new-pointillist techniques. Inspired by the patterns and forms of natural materials found in the Tasmanian bush, Parr’s recent work has incorporated imagery sourced from the state’s widely publicised old growth forests.
Instrumental in the development of the Digital Arts Research Facility (DARF) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Parr was recently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council grant exploring the formative pixel structures in computer generated images.
Parr has been extensively collected throughout Australia, with the National Gallery of Australia holding a large number of Parr’s early works in their permanent collection.