Painting is triggered by my need for expression, driven by curiosity and impatience as colours dance and forms emerge. Gestation is short as paint erupts alla prima to capture energy, a visceral reaction to music. From delicate washes to luscious layers, the microclimates of exploration and intuition generate unforeseen outcomes.
I dialogue with my paintings en français, the language of my childhood. I seek to engage my viewers in a dialogue of colour, question and movement. My main influences are Matisse, Basquiat, Joan Mitchell and De Kooning.
Born in London, England, I grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and live in North Vancouver, BC Canada where I studied art at Emily Carr University of Fine Arts. I'm an art exhibition junkie so my travel gravitates to exhibitions in New York and Europe. Seeing my man Basquiat at the Bilbao Guggenheim a highlight!
I document street art on my travels. See Street Art tab for some of my collection.
Art Community Involvement
I am honoured to serve as Assistant Art Curator at the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation in a volunteer capacity. The aim of the large and gorgeous collection of paintings, donated by generous local artists, is to "humanize every wall of the Hospital and use the healing power of art to create a calming, therapeutic environment." The collection is now approaching a value of $1 million.
I also love volunteering at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council exhibition openings at CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver.
Graffiti Co. Art Gallery Studio
171 East 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Galería Mónica Saucedo de Arte
Emilio Rabasa 327, Col. Real Vista Hermosa III,
28017 Colima, MexicoZona Centro, Colima, Mexico
Passatge del Crèdit nº4
08002 Barcelona, Espana
2011 Skulls & Skeleton ALIVE. Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2008 Don’cha Wish: an ode to hip hop. Havana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Art-on-Loan. North Shore Law, North Vancouver, BC
2006 In Your Face. Figurative work. Graffiti Co. Studio Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2005 Art-on-Loan. Watson Goepel Maledy, Barristers & Solicitors, Vancouver, BC
2017 Art Rental Show. Group exhibition. CityScape Community Art Space,
2007 Out of Africa. Group exhibition. The Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2006 and 2005 Salon Fall exhibition. CityScape Community Art Space,
2004 A Study of the Human Form. CityScape Community Art Space,
2016 Galería Mónica Saucedo, Zona Centro, Colima, Mexico
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 North Shore Art Crawl, North Vancouver, BC.
2010 Cinco Arti5tas. Galería Mónica Saucedo, Zona Centro, Colima, Mexico
Dangling Words. GraffittiCo. Studio Gallery
Hand to Heart. GraffitiCo. Studio Gallery
2009 Floral Abstractions. Access Law Group, Vancouver, BC
2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 Summer Salon Exhibitions, GraffitiCo. Studio Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2007 Abstractions. GraffitiCo. Studio Gallery
2005 24/7. GraffitiCo. Studio Gallery
2004 Sensualite: Contemporary nudes. GraffitiCo. Studio Gallery
EDUCATION and WORKSHOPS
2017 Marlene Lowden, Mark Making.
2017 Catherine Hughes, Abstract meets figurative: oil abstract workshop..
2013 Guggenheim, New York, AbEx3D Abstract Expressionism in Sculpture.
2012 MOMA, New York, The Materials and Techniques of Abstract Expressionists.
2003 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Certificate in Fine Arts.
1997 University of Alberta, B. Education (Adult Education).
Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens
(CARFAC), BC Chapter
Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Alumni Association,
Guggenheim Museum, Bilboa and New York
Harlem Studio Museum, Harlem, New York
L'Ecole Internationale de Genève, Switzerland. Alumni Association
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Artist membership
North Shore Community Arts Council, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Canada
"I am contacting you on behalf of the Saatchi Gallery here in London. Whilst searching the web I came upon your web site and was impressed by the high standard of work." Rachel Miles, Saatchi Gallery, London, England.
"Lucy’s paintings resonate with energy and immediacy. The “Immortals” series and “Blood Brothers" with encryptions and symbols reach deep into an ancient part of our human psych. Lucy has achieved the rich depth of emotions on her canvasses through combining her artistic vision, her mastery of the techniques needed to bring about the painting and her integrity by working from the very core of her creative process. Evident in her paintings is a wild and wise child. Dancing between the chaos and joy of life, Lucy Godwin’s art works embrace individual passionate moments and this can only be achieved by one who has full confidence in her creative process and the skill to carry it out." Laara WilliamSen, curator of 96 art exhibitions, Art Critic, Author of Art reVIEWS, June 24, 2010.
"Lucy, you have an exciting, energetic raw and edgy feel to your work that I see fitting in here in New York."
Renée Phillips, Editor-in-Chief, Manhattan Art International magazine 1983-2000; Member, International Association of Art Critics and curator of over 50 exhibitions in New York.
Paying homage to Basquiat at the Guggenheim, Bilbao, at his exhibition