Approved: 30.06.2013

Alison Goodyear

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 30.06.2013


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  • Location: Green, South East
  • Contexts: Research
  • Artforms: Mixed media, Painting, Photography
  • Tags: absorption, beholder, interact, live art, manipulate, painting, abstract, acrylic, oil, photograph, colour, mixed media, printing, silk, oil paint



I am a visual artist, working predominantly within the field of painting. This practice has grown out of an enquiry into aesthetic absorption: both its theoretical and practical implications, drawing on and testing the theories of Denis Diderot and Michael Fried.

The paintings I make explore the idea and possibility of how an artwork might intervene in the ‘normal’ regime of vision, whilst exploring the materiality of paint and process. Here the relationship of beholder to painting is addressed by attempts to toy with the viewing experience by using materials such as silk and paint mediums combined with paint and photography. I often use photographs of my palettes within these works. This chronicling of process within process combines: the mindless with the mindful, digital with physical, production with reproduction, ‘authentic’ with ‘inauthentic’. Some of these works are produced in groups as a type of hybrid serialization I describe as abstract narrative. Here each canvas is analogous to a word or phrase, sharing some form of dialogue between them. As such these works involve a kind of thinking inside and outside the work reinforced by the way they are put together.

Currently I am a part time practice led PhD candidate at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University Arts London, where I have been a sessional lecturer. As a member of Paint Club, I have helped run events that work toward building communities that critically engage with painting. My research practice examines the threshold between aesthetic and banal absorption in painter to painting relationships through a collaborative address to and from practice.

I am also currently working on an Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts funded painting practice and curatorial R&D project called ‘Suspicious Minds’.

CV & Education

2017 'Suspicious Minds' Touring Group Exhibition, APT Gallery, London
         curated by and including Alison Goodyear alongside Andrew Bick,
         Simon Callery, Stuart Elliot, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Katie Pratt & Gary Wragg

2017 Summer Group Exhibition, Studio 1.1, Shoreditch, London
2017 'Suspicious Minds' ACE funded R&D Interim Exhibition,
          NN Project Space, Northampton
2016 Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London
          curated by Sanmartino, Mangrai, Lubomirov, Falbo, Damary,
          Bleeker, and Angus-Hughes
2016 Undead Painters FLASH SALON, Bondhouse Gallery, London
          hosted by Rosalind Davis, selected by James Petrucci & Alastair Gordon
2016 ‘Spectrum’, PS Mirabel, Manchester
          selected by Mark Doyle, Lisa Denyer, Magnus Quaife & Robert Miller           
2015 'Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition', London
2015 'MK Calling', MK Gallery, Buckinghamshire
2015 '12HRS', Guest Projects, London
          by Kathryn Miller, alt MFA, Friends International Jamboree
2015 ‘First Outing’ curated by Sally Annett, Bedfordshire
2015 'Pop Living', curated by Ismail Erbil, Schwartz Gallery, London
2014 ‘Wild Things’ Solo ACE funded R&D, Animal Gallery, Bedford
2014 'Lubomirov-Easton', Art Athina, Athens, Greece
          selected by Iavor Lubomirov & Bella Easton
2013 'NN Open', selected by Gareth Bell-Jones and Jennie Syson, NN, Northampton
2013 'Eastern Approaches', UH Gallery, Hertfordshire
          selected by Niki Braithwaite, Teresa Grimes & Simeon Nelson
2013 'The Everyday Image', The Art Department Gallery, Chicago, USA
2013 'Visual Symposium', Beaconsfield, London
2013 'Recalculating', Triangle Space, London
2012 'Beep', Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales
         selected by Catrin Webster, Neale Howells & Rob Newell
2012 'Drawing Open', One Church Street Gallery, Buckinghamshire
2012 'Position, Place, Situate, Locate', Triangle Space, London
2011 'Cell', Solo exhibition, UCMK Galleries, Buckinghamshire

Presentations & Talks
2016 Undead Painters Forum VII, Bondhouse Gallery, London
2016 Presenting at The International Conference on the Image, Liverpool
2015 Chaired 'Painting in Time' with Kate Hawkins, The Tetley
2015 Presented at Visual Artists Today Symposium, Birkbeck University
2014 Presented at The International Conference on Visual & Performing Arts, Athens
2014 Chaired 'Painting as a Document' with Clare Woods & Barry Schwabsky, Tate Britain
2014 Steering committee for 'There's a Ghost in my House', Tate Britain
2014 Presented at 'Developing the Substrate' Symposium, Chelsea College of Art
2013 Presented at The International Conference on the Image, Chicago
2013 Steering committee for Visual Symposium, Beaconsfield
2012 Presented at The Practice Exchange, Chelsea College of Art
2012-present: Member of steering committee for UAL Paint Club research group

2016-17 Arts Council Funding for 12 month Research & Development painting/curatorial project
2016 UAL funding for Liverpool presentation
2016 KARST, Plymouth Curatorial Open Stage 2 Shortlist
2015 APT Curatorial Fellowship Shortlist
2014 Arts Council Funding for 6 month Research & Development project
2014 Falmouth University AIR funding for collaborative project
2014 UAL funding for Athens presentation
2013 UAL funding for Chicago presentation and exhibition
2012 Beep Welsh International Painting Prize Shortlist, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales
2012 Drawing Open Shortlist, One Church Street Gallery, Buckinghamshire
2011 Participating Artist, Creative Schools Network, Bedfordshire
2011 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award
2011 The Kempston Charities Award

Present: Practice led PhD candidate (part-time), Chelsea College of Art, UAL
2013 Developing Academic Practice, Centre for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design, UAL
2011 PGCE, University of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire
2007 MA Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire
1987 -1991 ND & HND Graphic Design, Watford College of Art, Hertfordshire