GARY GOODMAN is an internationally renowned visual artist and poet. He has given many talks and demonstrations over the past 20 years.
Gary has taught in various universities and colleges since 1987 and has run many workshops in painting, drawing and printmaking at Arts Centres, independent studios, museums and galleries.
Gary Goodman paints images of resounding directness – the figure at the forefront, unbothered by artistic self-consciousness, ego and politeness. Simply saying ‘hello’ to the world as it passes him by.
Gary has exhibited his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures all over the world – from Alaska to New Zealand via Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Estonia, Scotland).
He has shown in many galleries in England including the National Portrait Gallery, Royal College of Art (Hunting Art Prizes)and Mall Galleries(Discerning Eye)- recent exhibitions include new paintings with Billy Childish; and printmaking with MC Escher and Chris Pig in Atlanta, USA . This summer Gary participated in a show of painter printmakers at Zimmerstewart, Arundel, exhibiting alongside Paula Rego, Chapman Bros., Jim Dine, Peter Doig etc.
Gary has also been invited to participate in International Symposia in Estonia, Germany and France. He has undertaken many artist’s residencies and workshops, and won several awards to travel and create new work. Gary is a featured artist in both Painting the Figure: a New Approach by Emily Ball (2009) and Printmaking: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques by Ann d’Arcy Hughes (2008).
Gary is also a writer; in 1998 he completed a catalogue of drawings and poetry with contributions from Professors Norbert Lynton and Michael Tucker. Gary has performed at spoken word events in Norway, USA and many venues in UK, and makes photocopied books of his poems. In 2009 he was included in the Java Monkey Poetry Anthology (Kodac Harrison USA) and has also been chosen to be included in several other anthologies (Poetry South East, Frogmore Papers, A Sussex Poetry Anthology) and 2014 sees the publication of a collection of poems and drawings by Pig Hog Press.
Since 2009 Gary has organized regular poetry, live music, performance and film events under the banner Everybody’s Got To Be Somewhere.
Recently he has performed and recorded with Nick Hudson, Sam Collins and the band Milk & Biscuits and played a major role in the Chris Purdie and Nick Hudson film Letters to the Dead.
There is a good deal of the shamanic in Goodman.’
Prof Michael Tucker
‘Gary Goodman is driven – his work is elemental, searching, honest.’
‘Gary Goodman belongs to a rare breed of artists who find freedom through limertation
Gary Goodman values art over egotism.
‘Goodman’s paintings, with their fear, their pain, colour, beauty, truth, have touched my soul.’
‘Far from brutal, Goodman’s way of painting is highly poetic’.
Prof Norbert Lynton
‘One of my all-time favourite poets.’