Born in London in 1948, Geoff Hunt trained in graphic design at Kingston & Epsom Schools of Art.
For some years he has been a leading member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, where he was elected president in 2003.
He is perhaps best known in popular perception for his depictions of naval scenes adorning the covers of Patrick O’Brian’s bestselling ‘Aubrey-Maturin’ novels, a connection he began in 1988. He has also published several books on Marine Art and appeared on TV in the UK and the USA.
He has given several lectures on “Painting Jack Aubrey’s Navy/ Nelson’s Navy” in UK (Royal Naval Museum , The Smithsonian,; Redwood library, Newport; Mystic Seaport).
In 2003 he was historical advisor on the Peter Weir film 'Master and Commander'.
Geoff works in two different ways and styles. The first consists of large studio paintings, usually of historical or contemporary marine subjects, involving hours of research and accuracy of detail. The second is painting plein air on a small scale which are completed on site in two hours or less. He usually paints these plein air works with the Wapping Group of Artists, so the subject-matter is Thames-side, the estuary, and London in general.