Geoff Hocking Artist | Designer | Author
Well-known as an artist, author, historian, illustrator and publisher, Geoff Hocking grew up in the goldfields city of Bendigo and lives today in Castlemaine. His work reflects a passion for the heritage of the goldfields region.
He has written, and published, extensively on Australian social history.
Born in 1947, upon graduation from the Bendigo Technical College he first worked as designer for The World Record Club (1966/7), later as Art Director for Music For Pleasure, EMI London, (1971/1972) and freelance design and illustration, London, (1972/1975). Work from this period was published in the Graphis and Modern Publicity annuals.
On return to Australia in 1975 he continued to work as freelance design and illustration for the Australian music industry and has illustrated for most of Australia’s prominent publishing houses.
He was Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Swinburne through the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, and followed this period as principal of both Geoff Hocking Graphics and as Art Director for The Five Mile Press.
After a move back to the country, taking over a local bookshop in Castlemaine in 1989, Geoff took the position of Senior Lecturer, Discipline Head of Graphic Design in the School of Visual Arts & Design at La Trobe University in Bendigo, where he lectured until his retirement in 2014.
As an artist he is a story-teller. His books for children, his books for adult readers, his illustrations and paintings all tell stories — of the quintessentially Australian way of life, coupled with historical influences, in a celebration of time, heritage and ‘sense of place’.
His work is held in private and public collections both in Australia and abroad.