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ARTISTS | 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.


GOLD CHIP | one-night-only exhibition

Gallerysmith closes the 2023 curtain on December 12 with the annual exhibition, GOLD CHIP. At this one-night-only event, the gallery presents…

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New Paintings | Jennifer Goodman

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Gallerysmith launches its 2023 exhibition program with a group exhibition which celebrates 15 years of gallery operations. This exhibition features works by more than 50 artists who have shown at the gallery between 2008 and 2023....
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Further to Fly | Jennifer Goodman

With its reference to Paul Simon's 1990 song, Further to Fly, Jennifer Goodman explores the power of abstraction to express the range of emotional states, and notions of possibility.
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I AM WOMAN | International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who ...
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Of Colour & Light – Women Abstract Artists Biennial | West End Art Space

Gallerysmith artist's Jennifer Goodman and Wilma Tabacco both have works featured in the Third Women Abstract Artists Biennial, Of Colour…

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Colour | Jennifer Goodman

Simply titled Colour, Jennifer Goodman's newest body of work examines colour relationships and compositions in a bid to tease out the primary drivers of her work. This exhibition comprises large scale paintings, complemented by some smaller works on linen, exquisite tapestries and delicate works on paper.
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Jennifer Goodman, The Long Wait for the Angel install image

The Long Wait for the Angel | Jennifer Goodman

The Long Wait for the Angel is Jennifer Goodman's 8th solo exhibition in her career and her third with Gallerysmith. Her work explores the complexities of colour and the subtleties of abstraction, resulting in a range of delicate, large scale oil on linen compositions. This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by writer and curator, Chloe Wolifon.
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Sydney Contemporary, 2015

Jennifer Goodman featured in the second iteration of Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks in Sydney.

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Born, 1956, lives and works in Melbourne

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

Solo Exhibitions
2022      Further to Fly, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
2020      Colour, Gallerysmith, North Melbourne, Victoria
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
                DENFAIR, 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 Reference, Langford 120, North Melbourne
               Winter Collectors’ Exhibition 2012, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond
2011      Conversations, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond
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, Melbourne
               Snapshot, 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, Prahran
2000      Recent Geometric Abstraction: Robert Jacks and Beyond, 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 Prize, 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’,          COUNTER-CURRENT,
Megan Backhouse, ‘PREVIEWS: The Art Guide Australia Shortlist, Art Guide Australia, 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, p.20
Julie Karabenick, Ocular Spectra, exhibition catalogue, John Buckley Gallery, Oct 10
Cynthia Wynhoven, ‘Form, shape and colour in conversation’, Lorne Indepn’t, 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, p.20
Simon Gregg, The Edge of Time, ex. cat., John Buckley Gallery, September 2008
Ted Snell, ‘Jennifer Goodman’ in Untitled. Portraits of Australian Artists, 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
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



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