Jennifer Goodman wins Local Art Prize

Jennifer Goodman won the Local Art Prize in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize. Picture: Bayside Council.

A contemporary artist with a history in the Brighton area has won a prestigious award for her painting inspired by the weather.

Jennifer Goodman’s abstract artwork titled Zephyr claimed the $3000 Local Art Prize in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

Goodman grew up in Brighton and lived in the area for 24 years until 1988. She also attended Firbank Grammar School.

Her winning abstract oil painting on linen explores movement, wind and weather.

“The artwork is called Zephyr which is the name for the Greek god of the west wind,” Goodman said.

“Abstraction is my way of seeing and I express myself through abstraction, colour and movement.

“The artwork is really an exploration of the senses. It’s very intuitive and it unfolded organically as I worked on it.”

To qualify for the local award, entrants had to have a connection to Bayside region and could be an artist that lived, worked or studied in Bayside.

Bayside Mayor Cr del Porto said that recognising artists with a strong Bayside connection was a key component of the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

“Goodman’s high impact work uses bold colours, and, although abstract, contained sinuous lines which reminded the judging panel of the works of the great Italian painter Amadeo Modigliani,” he said.

Zephyr 2016 by Jennifer Goodman, oil on linen, 120 x 200 cm. Image credit: Jennifer Goodman and Gallerysmith.

Zephyr 2016 by Jennifer Goodman, oil on linen, 120 x 200 cm. Image: Jennifer Goodman and Gallerysmith.

Goodman is mostly known for her oil paintings but she has also worked in other mediums including collage, digital prints and, more recently, tapestry.

She has been a full-time artist and exhibited her work since 2000. Her work has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, publications and collections. Goodman regularly exhibits at Gallerysmith in North Melbourne.

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize showcases the best of Australian painting with an overall prize pool of $19,000. It includes the Acquisitive Prize of $15,000, a Local Art Prize of $3,000 and the $1,000 People’s Choice Prize.

To view Goodman’s winning artwork, and works of other winners and finalists of the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, visit The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre where they will be on display until June 18.