A Life Expressed in Art

Sunyata, Australian Artist’s Learnings, Exihibitions Historical Timeline 

Art Exhibitions, Music and Other Inspiration Over The Years

Sunyata was born and named Geoffrey Raymond Ween to  Raymond Walter Ween and Stella Joan Ween  (maiden name Berry) on the 10th of March 1958 in North Adelaide, South Australia.

He was known as Geoff Ween in his youth.

He took on the Name Geoff Ween-Vermazen to suit the tradition of his Dutch wife in naming their Children.

In August 2022, his name was legally changed to Sunyata.

Work before 2022 was signed by either Geoff Ween or Geoff Ween-Vermazen. An estimated 4500 works exist prior to 2021.

Exhibiting History, Solo Shows, Installations & Notable Group Showings

1983 – 2022

Australia

1983 – Harriet Gallery, Adelaide, SA

1984 – Federation Art Society Exhibition, Balmain, Sydney, NSW

1990 – Art Zone ( Feb), Adelaide, SA

1990 – Art Zone (Nov), Adelaide, SA

1991 – University of Adelaide, SA

1992- Art Images group show for the Dalai Lama, Norwood, SA

1992 – Chesser Street Gallery, Adelaide, SA

1993 – Chesser Street Gallery, Adelaide, SA

1994 – Installations March-June-September University of Adelaide, SA

1995 – Greenway Gallery, Adelaide, SA

1995 – 1997 – Junk Bonds Touring show S.A.T.E.P., Australia wide

1997 – Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, SA

1998 – Artifacts Gallery, Croydon, SA

1999 – Greenhill Gallery, North Adelaide, SA

2001 – Art images Gallery, Norwood, Adelaide, SA

2002 – Soho Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2002 – Art Domain Gallery, Norwood, Adelaide, SA

2003 – Blue Door Studio, Willunga, SA

2006 – Blue Door Gallery, South Melbourne, VIC

2019 – Tanks Gallery, Cairns, QLD

2022 – Crate59 Gallery, Cairns, QLD

Internationally

2007 – Art2day Gallery, Pune, India

Studies

1983 – 2022

Art Studies

1988 – 1st yr B.A.-Sculpture (Major), Ceramics, Printmaking, Drawing, Art History, David Wilson, Bruce Armstrong, Victorian College of the Arts Melbourne, VIC

1996 – Intaglio Printmaking,  Geoff Gibbons, TAFE College, Adelaide, SA 

1999 – 2001 – Advanced Diploma of Applied Art and Design. TAFE College , Intaglio Printmaking Major (high Distinctions ), Ceramics, Drawing, History, Business Studies, Ceramics, Drawing, Computer Graphics, Art Business Studies, Art History (Geoff Gibbons, Peter Sinclair, Maureen Pritchard) Adelaide, SA

1970 – 1982

Music Studies

1970 -1972 – Classical Piano Studies, Mrs Solomon, Adelaide, SA

1977 – 1978 – Jazz Theory and Compositions, Jazz Guitar Technique, John Wilson, Adelaide, SA

1979 – 1980 – Don Andrews, Sydney, NSW 

1978- 1980 – Classical Guitar Technique, Peter Andrews, Music Conservatorium, Sydney, NSW

1981 – 1982 – Classical Composition and Theory, Classical Guitar Technique, John DellaTorre, Adelaide Consortium of Music, SA

1985 – 2013

Other Studies & Interests

Australia

1981 – 1982 – Classical composition and Theory, Classical Guitar Technique, John DellaTorre, Adelaide Consortium of Music, SA

1985 – 1987 – The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Bhakti Yoga Ashram between Mildura and Wentworth, SA, and Ashram, Albert Park, VIC

1992-1995 – FIUNG (Geomancy, subtle energy, Environmental studies, Jurgen Schmidt), Handorf, SA

2004-2005 – Landmark Education Forum *Advanced Self-Expression and Leadership * Communications -Access to Power  *Communication and Power to Create, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth

2004 – Vipassana, Carrickalinga, SA

Internationally

2007 – Dhammananda Vipassana Centre Vipassana, Markal, Maharashtra, India 

2008 – Brahmvent Ramdulare Ashram in Madhavpur Ghed, Gujarat. India, 

2010 – Vipassana Centre, Pune City, Maharashtra, India 

2011 – Padi forest Bhakti Yoga, South Goa

2012 – 2013 Ramana Ashram, Jnana Yoga , (Music Studies, informal) Arunachala , Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

2013 – Between, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia and  (music writing and video)Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Other Related Arts Projects

1997 – 2002

1997 – Noarlunga Arts and Music Festival Launch,  Artist Co-Designer

1997 – Willunga Basin Youth Arts and Music Festival,  Arts Director

2002 – ” EXPLAIN PAIN ” Book. Neuro Orthopaedic Institution of Australasia, Art Illustrations, Computer Graphics and Designs, www.noigroup.com

Notable Peers & Influences

1979 – 2023

1979 – Alaine Vālodze Duets

1981 – 1982 – Greg  Kingston   idiomatic and non-idiomatic Free forming  

1977 – Ongoing Anthony Brown classical and baroque compositions 

1977 – 1978 – Tony Lewis, Mike Hodson , Freeform Avantgarde  

1991 – Riley Lee, The Eagle and the Ocean https://rileylee.bandcamp.com/album/the-eagle-and-the-ocean 

1977 – 1998 – Tony Nitra ,Duets and Recording  

1994 – Sunyata, Tony Nirta, Simon Salter, Early recordings 94  https://open.spotify.com/artist/62AL2vlWZVlBycNwrC4UgH?si=CxKhVfRBTOiTJKyg5qaq6A

1998 – Sunyata, Tony Nirta and Simon Salter, Silk Road 98 https://open.spotify.com/album/4y1L4BcRBNF41qjzkB2QbC?si=IWzS79cgRWmBlkPxXlsdfg

2020 – 2023 – Sunyata-Chris O’shea https://on.soundcloud.com/xtNoAZerLRtvaERq8