Jennifer Goodman


Working from her studio in Melbourne, Jennifer Goodman’s painting practice is a detailed investigation into colour and composition. Her work is informed by an acute understanding of linear and geometric abstraction, modernism and colour theory. Goodman’s rich, vibrant works are constructed from a unique combination of hues which are all hand-mixed in the studio. Her finished paintings are high impact, complex works, which command attention and continue to reward over time.

Goodman has completed residencies at Turner Galleries Art Angels Artist in Residence Program (2019) and The Australian Tapestry Workshop (2016) and has received awards, including the City of Darebin La Trobe University Acquisitive Art Prize and the Bayside Acquisitive Local Art Prize. Her work has been selected as a finalist in many prizes including the John Leslie Art Prize (2018, 2022), the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (2015, 2016, 2017), the Mornington National Works on Paper Prize (2012) and the Fleurieu Art Prize (2011). Goodman’s work is held in many prominent public and private collections including AGWA, Artbank, Monash University Art Collection, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Geelong Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Murdoch University Collection, LaTrobe University Art Museum, John Curtin University Gallery, Edith Cowan University and the Embassy of Australia, Washington.


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Born, 1956, lives and works in Melbourne


1975-76   Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) –

Solo Exhibitions

2022      Further to Fly, Gallerysmith,

2020      Colour, Gallerysmith, North Melbourne,

2019      Inner Responses, Turner Galleries,
Perth, Western Australia

2017      The Long Wait for the Angel,
Gallerysmith, North Melbourne, Victoria

2015      Apropos, Gallerysmith, North
Melbourne, Victoria

2014      COUNTER-CURRENT, Gallerysmith, North
Melbourne, Victoria

2012      Senses & Thoughts, John
Buckley Gallery, Richmond, Victoria

2010      Ocular Spectra, John Buckley Gallery,
Richmond, Victoria

2008      The Edge of Time, John Buckley Gallery,
Richmond, Victoria

2006      The Balance of Asymmetry, John
Buckley Gallery, Richmond, Victoria

2004      New Work, John Buckley Fine Art,
Prahran, Victoria

2002      Chromatic Progressions, John
Buckley Fine Art, Prahran, Victoria

Curated Group Exhibitions

2021        I Am Here, curated by Katherine
Hattam, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2020       Modernisters for Barpirdhila, online
Instagram exhibition, @modernisterfor

2020       Of Light & Colour-Women Abstract
Artists Biennial
, West End Art Space, West Melbourne, Victoria

2020       Art Aid Gippsland,
Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria

2019       Abstract Salon, Langford
120, Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Melbourne

2018       Of Colour & Light 2018, West End
Art Space, West Melbourne, Victoria

2018       Abstraction#TwentyEighteen,
Langford 120, North Melbourne, Victoria

2017       Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize,
The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Victoria

2017       ATWAIR16, Australian
Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne, Victoria

2016       0+1 Digital Prints,
Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

, Gallerysmith stand, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre

McClelland Collection
, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria

2015       Sydney Contemporary 15,
Carriageworks, Sydney

               Winter Solstice,
Gallerysmith, Melbourne

               Two of a Kind,
Bundoora Homestead,

2014      Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition
Building, Carlton

2013      COPY CUT PASTE: Contemporary Collage,
John Buckley Gallery, Prahran

2012      A Private View: Art Collecting in the City
of Glen Eira,
Glen Eira City Council Gallery

               Frames of
, Langford 120, North Melbourne

Collectors’ Exhibition 2012
, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2011      Conversations, John Buckley Gallery,

2009      Winter Collectors’ Exhibition 2009,
John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2008      This Way Up: Abstract works from the La
Trobe University Art Collection
, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

               The Contemporary
Collage: Australian collage and assemblage
, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2007      The Summer Exhibition, John Buckley
Gallery, Richmond

2006      A4 Art-Reunion, West Space Gallery,

John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2005      The Chandelier Show, Ladner &
Fell Gallery, Armadale

               Winter Collection,
Port Jackson Press Gallery, Armadale

2003      Spring Exhibition, John Buckley Fine Art,

2000      Recent Geometric Abstraction: Robert Jacks and
, John Buckley Fine Art

Award Exhibitions

2022       Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize 2022,
Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria

               Finalist, Lethbridge 20000
Small Scale Art Award, Paddington, Queensland

               Selected, Omnia Art Award, St
Kevin’s College, Toorak, Victoria

2019       Artist in Residence, Turner Galleries Art
Angels Artist in Residence Program, Perth,

2018       Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland
Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria

2017       WINNER, Local Art Prize, Bayside Acquisitive
Art Prize, Bayside Gallery, Victoria

2016       Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize,
Bayside Gallery, Brighton, Victoria

Finalist, Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales

Finalist, The 39th Alice Art Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT

Artist in Residence, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

2015       Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast
City Art Gallery, Qld

                Finalist, Bayside
Art Prize
, Bayside Gallery, Brighton, Victoria

2012       Finalist, National Works on Paper Award,
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2011       Finalist Fleurieu Art Prize, Hardy’s
Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2011       Finalist, The Substation Contemporary Art
, The Substation, Newport, Victoria

2011       Finalist, Muswellbrook Open Art Prize,
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

2007       WINNER, City of Darebin La Trobe
University Acquisitive Art Prize 2007
, Victoria

2007       Finalist, Stan and Maureen Duke Gold
Coast Art Prize
, Queensland

2007       Finalist, Banyule City Council Works on
Paper Art Award
, Victoria

Articles, Essays, Reviews and Publications

Andrew Browne, In the Abstract Realm, Further to Fly, 2022

Tess Maunder, Thinking in Folds, Colour, 2020

Alan R. Dodge, Jennifer
Goodman ‘Colour
’, The Review Board website, April 2020

Chloe Wolifson, The Long Wait for the Angel, 2017

Ted Snell, The Long Wait for the Angel, Artist Profile, November
issue, 2017, pp 118-121

Sharon Green, ‘Artist from Brighton wins local award in Bayside Acquisitive
Art Prize’, The Discoverist 8 June 2017

‘Jennifer Goodman’, Art Collector Special Edition Sydney Contemporary
2015, pp.36-37

Adrian Goodman (film maker),’COUNTER-CURRENT’, short film, November 2014

Dr Wilma Tabacco, ‘COUNTER-CURRENT… and all that jazz’,

Megan Backhouse, ‘PREVIEWS: The Art Guide Australia Shortlist, Art Guide
, November / December 14, p.51

Dan Rule, ‘CUT COPY PASTE: Contemporary Collage’, The Age, Life
& Style – In the Galleries, 25 May 13, p.5

Dan Rule, ‘Senses & Thoughts’, The Age, Life & Style – In
the Galleries, 10 Nov, 12, p.7

Alan R. Dodge, Senses & Thoughts, exhibition catalogue, John
Buckley Gallery, Oct 12

Penny Webb, ‘The best of art’, The (Melbourne) Magazine, October
2012, p.88

Robert Nelson, ‘Geometric Progression’, The Age, 20 November 2010,

Julie Karabenick, Ocular Spectra, exhibition catalogue, John
Buckley Gallery, Oct 10

Cynthia Wynhoven, ‘Form, shape and colour in conversation’, Lorne
, Aug 09,

Robert Nelson, ‘Air of trepidation in world of contrast’, The Age,
22 Oct, 08, p.18

Jeffrey Makin, ‘Jennifer Goodman, The Edge of Time’, The Herald Sun,
13 Oct, 08, p.34

Ashley Crawford, ‘Around the Galleries’, The Age, 11 October, 2008,

Simon Gregg, The Edge of Time, ex. cat., John Buckley Gallery,
September 2008

Ted Snell, ‘Jennifer Goodman’ in Untitled. Portraits of Australian
Payes S. (Ed.) Macmillan Art Publishing, 2007 p.134

Zoe Turner, ‘Art: Untitled: Portraits of Australian Artists by Sonia Payes’,
M/C Reviews, 30 September 2007

Melinda Marshall, ‘Mastering art’s tightrope act’, The Stonn’ton Leader,
4 Sept, 07 p.12

Megan Backhouse, ‘Best on show’, The Age, 15 August, 2007 p.17

Julie Karabenick (Ed.), Geoform: Geometric form and structure in
contemporary abstract art

Ted Snell, The Balance of Asymmetry, exhibition catalogue, John
Buckley Gallery, August, 2006

Jeffrey Makin, ‘Shining light in our art market, The Herald Sun, 15
May 2006

Narelle Curtis (Ed.), Art For Science, exhibition catalogue,
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, 2005, p.14.

James Makin (Ed.), Winter Collection 2005: Port Jackson Press Gallery,
Port Jackson Press, Melbourne, 2004, pp.21-22

Jeffrey Makin, ‘Review: Visual Arts’, The Herald Sun, 3 June 2002


Art Gallery of Western Australia


City of Darebin

City of Fremantle

City of Melville

City of Wanneroo

Embassy of Australia, Washington, USA

Edith Cowan University

Geelong Gallery

Gippsland Art Gallery

Intrapac, South Melbourne, Victoria

John Curtin Gallery

La Trobe University Art Museum (gifted from the Dr Joseph Brown Collection)

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park

Monash University Collection

Murdoch University

North Metropolitan College of TAFE

Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria, Carlton, Victoria

University of Western Australia