Born and bred in Bendigo, today Geoff Hocking is a local artist/designer/author/sculptor/illustrator who has lived and worked in Castlemaine for more than thirty years.

He was formerly Senior Lecturer in The School of Design at Swinburne University and Head of Discipline (Design) in the School of Visual Arts at La Trobe University, Bendigo.

At other times he was a designer at The World Record Club in Melbourne, Art Director at Music For Pleasure (Paul Hamlyn) London,  freelance children’s book illustrator (London and Melbourne), Art Director at The Five Mile Press (Melburne) and again as freelance illustrator, producing works for most of Australia’s leading publishing houses.

As an author he has published in excess of thirty books on Australian social history, with subjects ranging from the Goldfields, to Australian design, historical signage and military matters.

His paintings, which are pictorial, often humorous, depictions of rural life, regional and imagined landscapes, utes, blokes and sheilas; usually reflect themes from his books.

This current exhibition is loosely based upon a theme of imaginary bush pubs, blokes and utes, country stores, military misadventures – with a few landscapes and streetscapes hanging on the walls to add balance.

New works on show at The Gov.

Open: 10am – 5pm