BETTY GOODWIN (1923 - 2008)

Born in Montreal, Betty Goodwin (1923 - 2008) is regarded as one of Canada's premier contemporary artists. Concerned with the fragility and ephemeral quality of life, Goodwin created haunting and mysterious images of solitude and mourning.

Largely self-taught, Goodwin turned to painting in the late 1940s. In 1968, she enrolled in a printmaking course with Yves Gaucher at Sir George Williams (now Concordia University). It was there where she began working with found objects and clothing articles in her prints, which brought her much international attention.

She created the Tarpaulin series between the years 1972 to 1974. Covering found sheets with gesso and paint and stitching and reworking the surface, she created mysterious collaged wall hangings.

Goodwin was the recipient of several awards, including the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas in 1986, the Gershon Iskowitz Prize of the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation and the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1995; the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award of the Canada Council for the Arts in 1981; the Harold Town Prize in 1998; John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1988. In 2003, she was honored with the Governor General's Award and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Goodwin has had numerous solo and group shows within Canada; the United Stated and Europe. She has also represented Canada at many international events, including Tokyo International Print Biennial in 1974; Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, 1975; São Paulo Biennial, 1989; and the Venice Biennial in 1995. Her work can be found in major public and private collections across the country, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Betty Goodwin Untitled (Animal Series)
Untitled (Animal Series), 1990
mixed media with paint element on mylar, 23" x 16"

Untitled, from memoire du corps series, 1993
mixed media on mylar, 25" x 19"

Untitled, 1992
pigment wash with turpentine on paper, 26" x 20"

Betty Goodwin Swimmer
Swimmer, 1983
oil and graphite on vellum, 16.75" x 21.25"

Betty Goodwin Ein Stein Ist Aus Meinem Herzen Gefallen
Ein Stein Ist Aus Meinem Herzen Gefallen
(A stone has fallen out of my heart)
, 1985
mixed media on paper, 22" x 17"

Betty Goodwin Limit of Being
Limit of Being, 1984
mixed media on paper, 35" x 22.5"

Betty Goodwin Carbon Series
Untitled, 1989
mixed media on geofilm, 18" x 12"

Betty Goodwin Untitled
Untitled, signed "For Dear Jared, With Love, Betty", 1987
mixed media on geofilm, 12" x 9"

Betty Goodwin Sketchbook page
Untitled (Sketchbook Page), 1987
ink on paper, 7" x 5.75"

Goodwin a burst of bloody air
A Burst of Bloody Air, 2003
lithograph, 17.75" x 12"

Betty Goodwin Figure/Ladder XV
Figure/Ladder XV, 1997
oil stick and graphite on geofilm, 17" x 11"

Betty Goodwin Knotted Arms
Knotted Arms, 1988
oil stick, graphite and gold paint on geofilm, 17" x 11"

Betty Goodwin Nest
Nest Four, 1973
soft ground etching and etching, 16.6" x 13.8"
working proof, edition of 2