Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto is pleased to present a solo exhibition of one of Canada's premier contemporary artists, Montreal-based Betty Goodwin (1923-2008). Goodwin's emotionally charged figures express the vulnerable and transitory nature of the human condition. The evocative power of Goodwin's images makes tangible the invisible reality of life's fragility.

Goodwin has had numerous solo and group shows within Canada, the United Stated and Europe. She represented Canada at many international events, including Tokyo International Print Biennial in 1974; São Paulo Biennial in 1989; and the Venice Biennial in 1995. Goodwin has been the recipient of several awards including the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award of the Canada Council for the Arts, 1981; the Banff Centre National Award for Visual Arts, 1984; and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1988. In 2003 Goodwin was honored with the Governor General's Award and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Her work can be found in major public and private collections across the country, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 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