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James Goodliff, Quietude


Join us for the opening reception of Quietude

Thursday, July 4th from 6-8pm

The artist will be in attendance.

Wide open vistas, luscious forests, wetlands, rivers, and lakes are all a part of James Goodliff’s most recent paintings. Known for his colourful landscapes the artist uses the areas around Algonquin Park, Minden, and the Kawartha Lakes as inspiration for his work. Goodliff travels throughout these regions documenting with his camera as well as painting onsite.

A deep love of art was instilled in the artist from a young age during time spent at his Grandma’s painting studio; watching her create and flipping through art magazines. The artist credits his move back home to Ontario and his becoming a father as major turning points in his painting practice. His palette shifted from dark and grey to a full spectrum of bold and vibrant colours. Goodliff is continually exploring and expanding his painting techniques while fostering his deep interest in texture. With loose, layered brushwork he creates depth and form using brushes and palette knives. He finds his painting process to be relaxing, almost meditative, in nature which seems fitting as there is a certain calming stillness that can be found in each of these works.

Goodliff has a Bachelor of Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and a Diploma in Commercial Illustration and Graphic Design from Niagara College. Working from his studio in Kinmount, Ontario, Goodliff has exhibited at Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton, participated in many regional studio tours, including the Kawartha Arts Festival and the Tour de Forest, and his work can be found in national and international collections, both corporate and private.

James Goodliff,  Quietude  install;  Blanket of Snow,  2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (left) and  Algonquin Sky,  2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (right).

James Goodliff, Quietude install; Blanket of Snow, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (left) and Algonquin Sky, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (right).

James Goodliff,  Quietude  install;  Morning Light,  2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (left) and  Autumn Marsh,  oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches (right).

James Goodliff, Quietude install; Morning Light, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (left) and Autumn Marsh, oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches (right).

James Goodliff,  Peace and Quiet (Study),  oil on board, 12 x 16 inches

James Goodliff, Peace and Quiet (Study), oil on board, 12 x 16 inches

James Goodliff,  Branching Out , 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 76 inches

James Goodliff, Branching Out, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 76 inches

James Goodliff,  Gull River 2 , 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 76 inches

James Goodliff, Gull River 2, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 76 inches

Earlier Event: June 8
Exploring Our Own Landscapes
Later Event: June 28
Eddie LePage, Natural Surroundings