Geoffrey Pagen


Geoffrey Pagen's wall reliefs and works on paper synthesize his fascination with the physical properties of glazed, fired clay, and his interest in the formal properties of the two dimensional surface. Created with many types of glazes, on large slabs of clay, Pagen's reliefs evoke archeological ruins and the natural forces which wear them down. Art historically, his moody, layered textures and serial geometric compositions fuse Abstract Expressionism and Minimalist concerns. Yet always Pagen's work possesses a direct, unapologetic sensuousness which transcends all references.

John Weber
Portland, Oregon.



There is quite obviously an affinity for Abstract Expressionism and the desire for simple geometric shapes in my work. The influence of nature and geology are prevalent. Complex textures, patterns of uncertain origin, and the identity of clay are my main concerns. Yet these simple compositions become departure points for an extraordinary range of surface treatments, from the austere to the indulgent. My commissioned projects for the public and private sector truly span a global context, having created over 75 site specific and sensitive projects throughout the United States and abroad. During a commissioned project, I bring a high standard of creative problem solving to each project, and understand that a fulfillment of sound strategy and solid objectives are the keys to a successful work of Art.

Geoffrey Pagen


Throughout the range of his practice, Pagen seeks working methods that facilitate dialogue between material and artist. During the past 30 years, Pagen has infused his ceramic sculptures with intensely vibrant color-color that careens through cracks and crevasses or appears to flow like water across irregular (yet nearly symmetrical) slabs of fired clay. Typically, Pagen’s ceramic tablets-and indeed Pagen’s objects evoke the heft and shape of archaic documents or building stones-are mounted on walls and arranged in grids, raising the question of their narrative intent and the plotting of space.

- Stephanie Snyder
Director of Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery
Reed College