Geoff Hunter was born in 1949 and spent his youth on a farm in the Eastern Cape. He studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at the Johannesburg College of Art spending the following thirty years in advertising, specializing in commercial illustration. The artist is best known for his ability to render naturalistic likeness without resorting to photorealism. He places his animals in evocative and impressionistic backgrounds without meticulous rendering. The precision needed in animal drawing and the loose, spontaneous flair needed for abstract painting is not often found in the same artist. The “lightness” of his palette and the “sparseness” of his composition result in deceptively simple works – showing a confidence and fluency in execution that has resulted in a very distinctive personal style.