Philip Geiger
American, born 1956

In a painterly realist style, Philip Geiger paints members of his own attractive family (mostly twenty-something women) quietly interacting in his sparsely furnished antebellum home in Virginia. The intimate scenes, featuring figures seated, resting, or daydreaming, are psychologically charged and hint at narrative, although Geiger claims not to intend it, allowing instead a sense of alienation and ennui to permeate. Like many of Geiger’s figures, the woman in Different Shirt (2008) faces away from the viewer, exuding a causal elegance. As one critic wrote, Geiger’s “unapolegetically appealing paintings are unfashionably about his concept of ideal beauty.”

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