Fiona Geilinger is a figurative painter, whose bold compositions focus on fabric and hands. Working in acrylic across wood and paper, she uses strong textured brush strokes that contrast transparency and opacity to explore negative and positive space.

Geilinger’s primary subject is the clothed figure: fabric, hands and glimpses of flesh. Through graphic mark making, her paintings consider how gesture, colour and composition can capture the most vivacious qualities of fabric and bodily contours.

Each painting is guided by weight and movement in a style that highlights the intricacies of paint, materials and gestures. Loose marks are contrasted with hard edges and flat blocks of colour to create a delicate and powerful image. Both subtle and sensual, the visual language uses enticing shapes, curious subjects and suggestive compositions.

Fiona lives and works in Brighton, UK.

After studying Contemporary Dance and Choreography (BA) at Middlesex University, she spent ten years in London working as a Picture Editor and Presentation Network Director for broadcast television. She moved to Brighton in 1998 to study Garden Design and Garden History (RHS Horticulture, City & Guilds) before working as a freelance Garden Designer for four years.

Following a pupilage with painter Nick Bodimeade, she began her MA in Art and Design at Brighton University. She spent the following twelve years making fine art and commercial short films in which she used drawing, fabric and pattern with the silhouetted moving body. Her work ‘Wallpaper’ featured in the BFI film festival 2011. Her painting career has developed alongside this: using acrylics as her primary medium and the figure as her focal subject.