John Goodman (b. 1950) is a native Californian who lives and works in San Francisco.  Goodman earned a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Davis and was a professional playwright before turning to painting full time.

 

As a self-taught artist, Goodman’s work has been deeply influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Movement which grew out of the work of David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and others.  Nathan Oliveira was a personal mentor to Goodman.

 

Goodman has exhibited in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.  His paintings reside in private collections in North America, Europe and Asia.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2014    Suspended Motion   Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013    Drawing to Paint   Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009    Interiors   Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    The Language of Paint: Recent Work   Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA  

2004    Abstract to Figure   Arlequin, San Francisco, CA

2003    John Goodman: Recent Work Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA 

2001    John Goodman: The Language of Paint   Crossroads Café, San Francisco, CA

1998    Heads Beds and Landscapes   Anna Veyna Design, San Francisco, CA

1997    John Goodman: Recent Work   Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA

1996    John Goodman   The California Arts Project, California State University, Hayward, CA

1995    John Goodman: Capturing a Presence   Wright and Veyna, San Francisco, CA

1994    John Goodman: Recent Work   Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA

1990    John Goodman: Meet the Artist, Consider his Art   Inglis Art, Menlo Park, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2019    Head-to-Toe Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

2013    Evolution of Style   Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, CA

2013    Heads   Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA 

2012    Focus on the Figure   Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

2010    Portraits  Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010    small treasures   Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009    I’ll Bet You Can’t Paint a Portrait: The Genesis of Bay Area Figurative Art Now,  An exhibition juried by Theophilus Brown    Art Space 712, San Francisco, CA  

2008    Talent 2008 Emerging Artists Salon  Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2008    The Figure   Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007    Summer Mix   Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005    A Bay Area Tradition: An Artists Group’s Focus on Figure Drawing   City Picture Frame, San Francisco, CA

2003    The Figure   William Lester Gallery, Inverness, CA

2003    Distillations of the Natural World. Sights and Insights  O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2002    San Francisco International Art Expo  Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

2002    Goodman and Borrone: Recent Work   City Picture Frame, San Francisco, CA  

2001    Talent 2001   Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY 

2000    Talent 2000   Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1999    John Goodman Figurative and Abstract  Landscape Paintings  

erl originals Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

1998    Talent 1998   Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1997    Spirit of the Mountain   Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, CA  

1996    STAGE Interiors, San Francisco, CA 

1995    AIDS benefit for Keith Haring Altarpiece, Expressions of Remembrance   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

1995    Skins of the Soul   Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA  

1994    USArt San Francisco Bingham Gallery, San Jose, CA 

1993    USArt San Francisco   Bingham Gallery, San Jose, CA

1990    Uncensored Art Show, Woodstock, NY  

 

 

Museum Shows

 

2012    Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration   The Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

2009    Painterly Painting: The Next Level   Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA

 

  

Selected Publications and Media

 

  • Drawing to Paint,  Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, 2013

  • Evolution of Style, Arts Benicia, 2013

  • Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration, The Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2012

  • Painterly Painting: The Next Level, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, 2008

  • The Mercury News. Newspaper: Painterly Painting draws 13 notable artists to town, December 15, 2008

  • Floating Stone Productions. Film:  The Collector, Allan Stone’s Life in Art  2007

  • Artist’s Sketchbook.  Drawn to Better Company,  June 2006

  • A Bay Area Tradition  An Artists’ Group’s Focus on Figure Drawing, ePress, 2005

  • The Undressed Art: Why We Draw by Peter Steinhart, Knopf, 2004.

  • Gallery and Studio.  Navigating the Pluralistic Pleasures of “Talent 2001” December   2001/January 2002

  • Gallery and Studio.  Talent 2000: An Antidote to Trendiness   

  •  November/December 2000

  • Sunset Magazine.  Same room, two looks  April 2000

  • Woodstock Times. Newspaper: Dispensing with censors, January 18, 1990

  • San Jose Mercury News. Newspaper:  Artists join to illuminate thriving work, July 18, 1990

 

1995    AIDS benefit for Keith Haring Altarpiece, Expressions of Remembrance   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

1995    Skins of the Soul   Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA  

1994    USArt San Francisco Bingham Gallery, San Jose, CA 

1993    USArt San Francisco   Bingham Gallery, San Jose, CA

1990    Uncensored Art Show, Woodstock, NY  

 

 

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