Catherine Goodman

New Works

27 February – 5 May 2024

Downtown Los Angeles

‘It’s a serious business, painting. It’s about creating a microcosm of the macrocosm that we’re living in’.

—Catherine Goodman


For her inaugural solo exhibition in Los Angeles, London-based artist Catherine Goodman presents a new series of monumental abstract paintings, marking a significant progression in the artist’s visual language. Goodman’s characteristically animated surfaces and energetic brushstrokes have long been signatures of her expressionistic landscape paintings, portraits and sketches. Now, as she moves into abstraction, the distinctive vitality of her art takes on a new, immersive power.

Central to Goodman’s artistic process is the act of drawing directly from life, a practice she has maintained every day for decades. This unwavering commitment to drawing underpins a deeply intuitive mode of artmaking that combines her outward physical observations with sensations pulled from her inner imagination and memories of specific places or experiences. Often working across multiple canvases at once, Goodman sees her painting practice as a means of inhabiting the moment.

‘Painting isn’t performative, it is a live act, and drawing is always the electrical charge that’s running through that.’

—Catherine Goodman

For decades, Goodman has maintained a regular practice of drawing from films, pausing a film for six minutes and completing drawings using ink, pastels and watercolor. The resulting sketches inform the imagery and mark-making of her paintings, including her new abstract canvases on view in the exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. ‘Night beekeeper II’ (2023), takes its inspiration from the 1973 film ‘The Spirit of the Beehive,’ directed by Victor Erice.

In Conversation: Catherine Goodman and Jenelle Porter

On the occasion of the Catherine Goodman's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, ‘Catherine Goodman. New Works’, we joined the artist and curator and writer Jenelle Porter in conversation.

From Screen to Sketch: Drawing from Film with Catherine Goodman

Ahead of the exhibition opening, Goodman led a drawing workshop 'Drawing from Film' that engaged participants in playful, six-minute drawing exercises, offering new ways of looking and an opportunity to see through a cinematographer’s point of view.

Catherine Goodman: In the Studio

Step into the studio with Catherine Goodman as she prepares for her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. From her studio in London, Goodman discusses her latest body of work featuring predominantly abstract works, marking a distinct development for the artist, whose signature dynamic surfaces and energetic brushstrokes will occupy some of her largest canvases to date.

On view in Downtown Los Angeles

‘Catherine Goodman. New Works’ is on view now through 5 May 2024 at Hauser & Wirth Downtown Los Angeles. Please visit our location page to plan your visit.

About the Artist

Catherine Goodman

For more than four decades, Catherine Goodman CBE has developed a unique visual language that communicates a powerful visionary response to her lived experience and memory. Goodman’s intensely expressive painting process uses strongly pigmented oil paint, brushwork, oil sticks, drips and washes to create atmospheric and immersive paintings which explore...

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