Throughout her practice, Rachel Goodyear presents timeless, uncanny scenes which toe the line between beauty and terror. Recurring motifs appear both strange and familiar, a contemporary play on the traditions of twentieth Century Surrealism and Freudian psychoanalysis. She often describes her images as ‘fragments’ like fleeting thoughts or visions that fluctuate between the real and the imagined.
Rachel Goodyear (b. 1978, Lancashire, UK) lives and works in Manchester. She has exhibited at institutions internationally, with solo exhibitions including Catching Sight, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2017); Glimpse, The Lowry, Salford (2016); Restless Guests, The Drawing Center, New York (2015-16) and Modifications of the Host, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2011-12). Museum group exhibitions include Tate Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; ICA, London; The Drawing Room, London; Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden; Neue Galerie, Innsbruck; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Freud Museum, London and Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston. Goodyear has been selected for the Innsbruck International Biennale of the Arts, Austria (2016); the Curitiba Biennale, Brazil (2013) the Liverpool Biennial (2008) and The Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London (2017, 2015, 2013). Goodyear spoke at Tate Modern as part of a panel on the Dorothea Tanning exhibition, touring from Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2019).
The artist’s work will be included in the upcoming Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawing, published by Phaidon (2021) and is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Forthcoming exhibitions (2021) include solo presentation at Leeds Arts University with accompanying essay by Professor Patricia Allmer, and creative response by emerging writer Cathy Garner commissioned by Corridor 8.