Guy’s inspirations range far and wide – from impressionism to postmodernism and abstract expressionism to pop art. His recent paintings often contain divergent subjects, surprising visual planes and layers of conceptual subject matter – often hinted at in the works’ titles.
After completed his undergraduate studies at St Martins School of Art and the London College of Printing, Guy migrated to Australia in 1981. He worked in the advertising industry as an art director and writer, supplementing his activities by lecturing in Graphic Design at the Queensland College of Art and Advertising Design at KvB (later Raffles) in Sydney.
After an absence of nearly 30 years, Guy turned again to painting abstracts and landscapes in 2003. In 2012 he started portraiture to demonstrate to others what he now sees after suffering a major retinal detachment in his left eye. His portraiture investigates ‘Recognisable Identity without Visual Fidelity’. In the last four years, Guy’s paintings have been selected for the Archibald Prize and travelling exhibition in 2013 and 2015, and the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Four other portraits were chosen for the Moran Prize semi-finals in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Guy’s work has featured in numerous art awards and group exhibitions, including the Mosman Art Prize (four times), Hazelhurst’s Art on Paper Award and the inaugural Arts Access Australia Art Award.
Guy was shortlisted in the 2013 International Emerging Artist Award and was a Chippendale New World Art Prize finalist in the same year. In 2014 he won the inaugural ‘Who is Looking at You?’ Portrait Prize and awarded a solo show in Melbourne. He was also a finalist in the 2014 and 2016 Percival Prize in Townsville and the 2014 Black Swan Prize in Perth.
Guy also holds a Master of Studio Arts (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts where he served on the Academic Board.