Yuki Goodman’s harmonious paintings simultaneously capture the vitality of womanhood and the artist’s personal endurance. Working in predominantly watercolor and ink on paper, Goodman uses portraits of women as her subjects. Each woman, though diverse in character, is placed at the center of the composition and projects an attitude of triumphant stoicism through pose and gaze. Inspired by both the Art Nouveau and Japanese kourin style, Goodman surrounds her subjects with luminous, organic patterns and metallic swirls that overwhelm the whole of the composition.
Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2011, Goodman’s practice is at once meditative and cathartic. The women she paints reflect both her own desire for vitality and the triumphs over her illness she has made in recent years. The artist currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.