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White Gray Black

Betty Goodwin (Canadian, born 1923)

About this artist

Source: Oxford University Press

Canadian printmaker and draughtswoman. Following a short but decisive training in printmaking in 1968 and 1969 with Yves Gaucher at the Sir George Williams University, Montreal (now Concordia University), she opted for a figurative aesthetic that was almost abstract. A highly expressive figurative style centred around considerations of the human condition: the fragility of people in their own identity and their relation to the world.

Goodwin’s mature work is marked by a number of major breakthroughs, notably the series of etchings and assemblages Vest (1969–74), Tarpaulin (1975–6), the large-format drawings Swimmer (1982–3) and the series Carbon (1986–7). The latter began with a mural of the same title (275×975 mm) executed on panels of honeycomb galvanized aluminium (see 1987 exh. cat., no. 76).

Yolande Racine
From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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