In Conversation: Portraits from Life: Catherine Goodman

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18 September 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Gillon Aitken – The Literary Agent
by Catherine Goodman, 2012–13
© Catherine Goodman

Artist Catherine Goodman, whose portraits from life are currently on display, discusses the relationship between artists and sitter with Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Chief Art Critic at The Times and the Gallery’s Contemporary Curator, Sarah Howgate.

Catherine Goodman was born in 1961 and studied at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, where she won the RA Gold Medal. In 2002 Goodman won the National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Award for her portrait of Dom Anthony Sutch (a new portrait of whom can be seen in this exhibition), and her BP commissioned portrait of Dame Cicely Saunders was reproduced as a Royal Mail stamp in 2006. She is represented by Marlborough Fine Art. Goodman exhibited drawings from Veronese at Colnaghi this May, as part of her ongoing investigation of the artist's work through drawing. She is Artistic Director of The Prince's Drawing School (, one of The Prince's Charities, which she co-founded with HRH The Prince of Wales in 2000. Goodman currently lives and paints in London and India.

Sarah Howgate has been Contemporary Curator at the National Portrait Gallery since 2001. She has curated two major exhibitions for the Gallery: David Hockney Portraits in 2006 and Lucian Freud Portraits in 2012. Before joining the Gallery Sarah worked for Angela Flowers Gallery first in London and then in Santa Monica, California, where she set up a new space specialising in British figurative art.

Rachel Campbell Johnston is the art critic for The Times.


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