Christopher Goodwin

About

My artwork is an intuitive response to the landscape and folklore of the English wildwood, and draws upon the aesthetic tradition in Romantic painting and illustration.
The paintings  are a  compelling elemental narrative  depicting an earthbound revenant in extremis within the season cycle of genesis and decay. This presence manifests throughout the work as  a protean Green Man and Horned God ,composed  of organic and dark materials. Adorned  in antler  bone , branch, briar, fur and feather this supernatural shadow haunts the gloaming  fields and forests of  a pastoral Arcadia.
Within the visual realm of the paintings  this  ancient wayfarer appears as a  warrior enduring in the tawny penumbra of a burial barrow,, a pagan deity enthroned  beneath the velvet green of Beltane or as metamorphic beast  haunting the winter woodland, and embryonic   mandrake held in the tree of life This biological  homunculus evokes reminiscences of the uncanny, the sacred, the profane, rural myth and lore, and the  visionary imagination.
Working in oil on canvas gives the paintings a depth and detail that is visceral and expressive , infusing the imagery with an intriguing tension and dark poetry that is lyrical and ominous.
Drawing is the foundation of my working practice, and the precision of the outdoor  research and  observation drives and informs the passion of painting in oils in the studio.
My work can be viewed on : chris goodwin art/ facebook

 

In That Quiet Earth
Oil on canvas
92x92cm
NFS

 

In Shadow and Sleep Beneath Beltane
Oil on canvas
92x92cm
£795

 

Winter Wildwood Dark and Deep
Oil on canvas
70x100cm
£795

 

Arbor Vitae: Beyond The Infinite
Oil on canvas
92x92cm
£795

Artist

Christopher Goodwin

Category
Arts Open