Looking Closely with Dryden Goodwin

Sat 8 December 2018 : 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Dryden Goodwin leads a tour of the works in Close: Drawn Portraits, revealing from an artist’s perspective the ways in which he looks at drawings.

Close: Drawn Portraits brings together historic figures such as Ingres, Picasso and Hepworth, and recent and contemporary artists including Lassnig, Hockney and Landy, revealing intimate encounters between artists and their subjects over the past 200 years. Remarkable drawn portraits, rarely seen, sit beside those made today, and demonstrate drawing’s enduring ability to bring characters to life. It features Goodwin’s new work A Day with my Father, a Day with my Son, which consists of 41 drawings produced over the course of 2 days with the titular sitters.



Dryden Goodwin lives and works in London. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1992-96) and the Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany (1995). He is a Professor at the Slade School of Fine Art. Goodwin's practice incorporates drawing, often in combination with photography and live action video; he creates gallery installations, films, projects in public space, etchings, works on-line and soundtracks. Select solo exhibitions and projects include Un-Earth, OCAT, Xian Museum, China (2018); Those Who Seek My Help, permanent commission for New Karolinska Hospital Stockholm, Sweden (2018); Seeing Hand, commissioned through Launch Pad, Shanghai, China (2017); Unseen: The Lives of Looking, Queen's House, Royal Museum's Greenwich, London (2015); Skill, MIMA, Middlesbrough (2015); Poised, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2014); Wander, Cambridge (2014); Breathe, commissioned by Invisible Dust (2012); Linear, commissioned by Art on the Underground, (2010-2012); Coax, Raum mit Licht, Vienna & Fotoforum West, Innsbruck, Austria (2011); and Cast, at the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden (2009) and the Photographers' Gallery, London (2008). Select group exhibitions include CLOSE: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room, London (2018); Hooked, Science Gallery, King's College London (2018); Typojanchi, International Typography Biennale Seoul, South Korea (2017); Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2017); I want!, I want! - Art and Technology selection from the Arts Council Collection, Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Museums (2017); Pose, Galerie Springmann, Berlin, Germany (2016); Stories in the Dark, The Whitstable Biennale (2016); Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s until Today, curated by The Photographers' Gallery, London, touring China (2015-2016); Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs, London Transport Museum (2013); Exquisite Forest, Tate Modern and Google (2012); and Poetry of Motion, National Portrait Gallery, London (2012). His work is held in public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Tate Collection, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; and The Science Museum, London.

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Dryden Goodwin, A Day With My Father, A Day With My Son 2018. Pencil on paper, 1 of 41 drawings, variable dimensions. Courtesy the artist