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Born in London, United Kingdom, Catherine Goodman (1961–) is a figurative painter and draughtsman who works in the School of London tradition. She places a large emphasis on drawing skills as essential to her artistic practice, and her portraits offer an expressive insight into the lives of both artist and sitter. Goodman studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London (1979–84) and at the Royal Academy Schools, London (1984–87). In 1987 she was awarded the Royal Academy Gold Medal, and in 2002 won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In her Foundation year at Camberwell she visited India for the first time, and has been back almost every year since then. Her vigorous painting and heightened colouring style draws on the experience of the immense mountains and vast landscapes of that country. Best known as a painter of over-life-size portraits, she also paints interior scenes of her house and studio, as well as city scenes and landscapes.

In 2000 she became, and still is, the Founding Director, along with the Prince of Wales himself, of the Prince’s Drawing School, now the Royal Drawing School. In 2002 she won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery for her half-length portrait of ‘Anthony’; the ‘prize’ she won being the privilege to do the portrait of Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the Hospice movement, which entered the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in 2005. Her recent solo exhibitions include Colnaghi London (2014) and the National Portrait Gallery itself (2014) with Portraits from Life; her painting of film director Stephen Frears from this exhibition was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2015 and now forms part of its 20th Century Collection.

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Biography

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Born in London, United Kingdom, Catherine Goodman (1961–) is a figurative painter and draughtsman who works in the School of London tradition. She places a large emphasis on drawing skills as essential to her artistic practice, and her portraits offer an expressive insight into the lives of both artist and sitter. Goodman studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London (1979–84) and at the Royal Academy Schools, London (1984–87). In 1987 she was awarded the Royal Academy Gold Medal, and in 2002 won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In her Foundation year at Camberwell she visited India for the first time, and has been back almost every year since then. Her vigorous painting and heightened colouring style draws on the experience of the immense mountains and vast landscapes of that country. Best known as a painter of over-life-size portraits, she also paints interior scenes of her house and studio, as well as city scenes and landscapes.

In 2000 she became, and still is, the Founding Director, along with the Prince of Wales himself, of the Prince’s Drawing School, now the Royal Drawing School. In 2002 she won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery for her half-length portrait of ‘Anthony’; the ‘prize’ she won being the privilege to do the portrait of Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the Hospice movement, which entered the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in 2005. Her recent solo exhibitions include Colnaghi London (2014) and the National Portrait Gallery itself (2014) with Portraits from Life; her painting of film director Stephen Frears from this exhibition was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2015 and now forms part of its 20th Century Collection.

www.catherinegoodman.co.uk

 

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