Steve Goddard

18 November - 23 December 2021 Edinburgh

Goddard began drawing at the age of five. Drawing and painting became his way of engaging with the world, of pursuing his intense curiosity about life. As Goddard was growing up his grandmother was the still centre of his world. An only child until he was seventeen, with his young mother, Margaret, preoccupied with her work as a calligrapher, it was his grandmother who looked out for him.


Pictures too were part of the life he shared with his grandmother. She would point out interesting images in the magazines she read and together they would look through her art books. Goddard remembers a Victorian encyclopedia from which he would copy engravings of Old Master paintings - Rembrandt, Velasquez, Goya. From very early on his grandmother would feed his interest, encouraging him to draw. As a result, the images Goddard makes of her are magisterial.


Rather than art school, it was studying other painters that inspired Goddard; Egon Schiele and Rembrandt perhaps above all, but also Dürer, the master draughtsman, Matisse, Picasso, and, more contemporary heroes such as Lucian Freud and Cy Twombly. African, Ancient Greek, Roman, Aztec and Mexican art have also been powerful stimuli. When you look at Goddard's work, the force of private emotion is everywhere, informed by his own intensely personal response to the great art of the past.


Selected text from Emma Crichton-Miller's introduction to The Fine Art Society's 2005 exhibition of Goddard's work: 'Watchers'.

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