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ARTISTS | Jennifer Goodman


Working from her studio in Melbourne, Australia, 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 been included in numerous awards and curated shows such as the National Works on Paper Prize at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in 2012 and the Bayside Art Award in three consecutive years (winning the Local Prize in this award in 2017).

Jennifer Goodman, Ecuador, 2012, oil on linen, 200x200cm


The Long Wait for the Angel, 2017

Sydney Contemporary, 2015

Apropos (assemblage works on paper), 2015

Counter-current, 2014

A selection of earlier work


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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Gallerysmith at Sydney Contemporary, 2015.

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


1976       Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) – Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2017       The Long Wait for the Angel, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2015       Apropos, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2014       counter-current, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2012       Senses & Thoughts, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2010       Ocular Spectra, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2008       The Edge of Time, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2006       The Balance of Asymmetry, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

2004       New Work, John Buckley Fine Art, Prahran

2002       Chromatic Progressions, John Buckley Fine Art, Prahran

 Curated Group Exhibitions

0+1 Digital Prints, Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
DENFAIR, Gallerysmith stand, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
McClelland Collection, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria

Sydney Contemporary 15
, Carriageworks, Sydney
Winter Solstice, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Two of a Kind, Bundoora Homestead,

Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

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

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

Conversations, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

Winter Collectors’ Exhibition 2009, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

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

The Summer Exhibition, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

A4 Art-Reunion, West Space Gallery, Melbourne
Snapshot, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond

The Chandelier Show, Ladner & Fell Gallery, Armadale
Winter Collection, Port Jackson Press Gallery, Armadale

Spring Exhibition, John Buckley Fine Art, Prahran

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

Award and Prize Exhibitions

Winner, Local Art Prize, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Bayside Gallery, Victoria

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

Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld
Finalist, Bayside Art Prize, Bayside Gallery, Brighton, Victoria

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

Finalist Fleurieu Art Prize, Hardy’s Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Finalist, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Newport, Victoria
Finalist, Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

Winner, City of Darebin La Trobe University Acquisitive Art Prize 2007, Victoria
Finalist, Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Queensland
Finalist, Banyule City Council Works on Paper Art Award, Victoria

 Articles, Essays, Reviews and Publications

  • Ted Snell, ‘The Long Wait for the Angel’, Artist Profile magazine, November, 2017
  • Chloe Wolifson, ‘The Long Wait for the Angel’, Jennifer Goodman: The Long Wait for the Angel, ex. cat. self published
  • ‘Jennifer Goodman’, Art Collector Special Edition Sydney Contemporary 2015,  pp.36-37
  • Adrian Goodman (film maker),’COUNTER-CURRENT’, short film, November 2014
  • 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 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
  • Julei 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


McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
City of Darebin
La Trobe University Art Museum (gifted from the Dr Joseph Brown Collection)
Embassy of Australia, Washington, USA
Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria, Carlton, Victoria
Intrapac, South Melbourne, Victoria

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