‘Adventures into Automatism’ by Geoffrey Stocks is a series of paintings and prints using the technique of Automatism ie. “the avoidance of conscious intention in producing works of art.” Subconscious associations are employed and a work evolves from the accumulative memory and experience of the artist.
Castlemaine artist Geoffrey Stocks uses this technique, as well as drawing on his classical art education from Leeds University College of Arts, to produce semi abstract linocuts and paintings that respond to the changing nature of the landscape. Behind the fields, paddocks, rocky hills and mine workings are a variety of landforms and man-made structures that demonstrate the effects of man on his environment. The mullock heaps and scarred landscape of the Central Victorian goldfields are reminiscent of England’s Yorkshire coalfields of his childhood and his references are possibly drawn from his subconscious memories.