Rachel Goodyear


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Year 2024
Medium Pencil and watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.9 x 20.9 cm

About the work

Goodyear often describes her drawings as ‘fragments’ – like glimpses from a half-remembered dream or a distorted memory – frozen in a moment.The deliberate ambiguity that is consistent through Goodyear’s work offers multiple readings and possibilities. The recurrent theme of half-submerged figures can represent the ‘in-between’ state and alludes to the threshold between the conscious and the subconscious. The figure could just be wading through a small pool, assisting their companion, or could be the only remaining dry ground, an ‘island’, in a flooded and submerged world.

Career Highlights

Solo exhibitions: Stirrings, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool/Salford Museum and Art Gallery, 2022-23; Catching Sight, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2017; Restless Guests, The Drawing Center, New York, 2015; Approaching the Surface, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, 2016

Group exhibitions include: Tate Liverpool; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; Freud Museum, London; and Weserberg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen.

Recent major installations include ‘Limina,’ commissioned by York Mediale and York Museum Trust, 2020.

She is a featured artist in Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawing, published by Phaidon, 2021.

← Dryden Goodwin

‘Peoples’ (series 1) (2024)

Alexander Gorlizki →

Practice Space

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