About Gary Goodman

I am a painter and I write poetry, often producing my best work when I’m bored. I have lots of exhibitions in places around the world. I teach at various colleges and universities, run workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking, and I perform my poems live and sometimes record them with a variety of musicians. I like animals and thunderstorms and lots of other things that end up in my pictures and writing.

Dark Night, Bright Day: a short documentary made by Empire State Films:

Gary Goodman
is a painter and poet. His imagery is resoundingly direct, unbothered by artistic self-consciousness and politeness; unrefined, unmannerly yet sensitive. He simply wishes to say ‘hello’ to the world as it passes him by.

Gary has exhibited his paintings and prints and has performed his poetry around the world: from the frozen wastes of Norway and Alaska down to the warmth of New Zealand and the Southern States of USA.

He works from his shed at the end of the garden in Sussex.

‘There is a good deal of the shamanic in Goodman.’
Prof Michael Tucker

‘Gary Goodman is driven – his work is elemental, searching, honest’
Veronica Travers

‘gary goodman is not trying to impress anyone with his art
gary goodman is merely saying hello with some drawings’
Billy Childish

‘Goodman’s paintings, with their fear, their pain, colour, beauty, truth, have touched my soul.’
Sally Scott

‘Far from brutal, Goodman’s way of painting is highly poetic…Primitive? Crude? I marvel at his lyricism and beauty.’
Prof Norbert Lynton

 Bright Enough to Face the Darkside

Gary Goodman must be tired of people regurgitating the same old story about him.
I like to think he might be looking for someone to cut deeper, to say something with more meaning, to ask the question, who the hell does Gary Goodman think he really is!?

The consensus seems to be that Gary inspires comment and drama. His art isn’t something to decorate someone else’s life. His art is about another world born of this world. You might not want to look at his work because it seems forever winter, cold and sad – a world beyond the wardrobe. But in amongst the ice, the barren space and the slices of deep cut red, there is an unbearable attraction, a familiarity to think about: a longing.

I wonder if there is something primeval in these works, something of the world before language and time led us away from the core of ourselves. Do people today think of God as hearts and flowers, whereas Gary shows us God is an earthquake, a hurricane, an aftermath, more powerful than we can possibly imagine…more than we can bear?

Dark Night Bright Day is an exhibition of real power, not respectable, not refined. It has strength in its rawness. Give it some time. Come back and look again. It is easy to dismiss something you can’t face. It’s a challenge to look into another world and be shocked to find there is something to remind you of what’s going on in yours.
Mark Canning

Gary Goodman – Everything is Everything (London Centre for Psychotherapy 2011)

“Animals are so like men that sometimes it’s impossible to tell them apart.” (K’nyo Mobuto)

Here is a selection of work that I‘ve made recently. I’ve been spending much time with my daughters and also taking my dog Darlene out for regular walks on the Downs, in the woods, by the sea; I loved seeing her little doggy face panting and smiling, chasing her ball with wind blowing through her grey hair. We had good times and we’d talk about things. We saw meadowlarks, rabbits and squirrels, and we met some cows. I had intense dreams at night.

One day I saw some horrible kids tormenting a puppy on a lead. I couldn’t do anything as I was in a car, and there was nowhere to stop. I was very upset and wrote a poem about it which ended…

“…all you have to do is take some time
look into the eyes of any living animal
and if you have any warm human blood
flowing through your body
you wouldn’t ever behave like that”


16 thoughts on “About Gary Goodman

  1. Good to see Gary Goodmans work. As an outsider artist I say, outsider art is a way for some of us to slip inside. Garys work is authentic and I thank the universe for seeing some of it. Blessing, peace and love to all beings.

      • You are welcome and thank you for your contribution in making this world such a creative space and place. Maybe you would like to look at my work at theartistpgkimble.com Though all the galleries will be updated soon as the work on them is very old and the new stuff needs to be freed.

      • I couldn’t find anything at your website I’m afraid – I think I typed it in properly

  2. Pingback: A Hard Week’s Work | Alex R's Blog

  3. Hi Gary, I heard from a diverse group of artists in Lewes this weekend that you’re exhibiting in Tokyo in October. When and where is you exhibition? I live in Eastbourne and work in Tokyo, by the way. It’s a long commute, Gary!

  4. Hi Gary, I really like your shirts at the Handmade House! Do you have any other shirts on your website?
    Best regards, Callum

    • hello Callum, I didn’t know i had shirts at hand-made house to be honest. Were they t-shirts? If so, I don’t think i have any left i’m afraid

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s