Artist Bio

ArtistArtist Biography

John Goodyear is a Canadian sculptor living in Paradise, Newfoundland who creates one of a kind wood art pieces using a variety of practices including woodturning.

Prior to becoming a full time studio artist, John acquired a formal education in Graphic Arts as well as Business Administration and Marketing, and spent many years as a sign and graphic manufacturer and installer. At the age of 15, John's artistic talent for illustrating highly detailed drawings led to airbrushing and hand lettering signs and graphics which influenced his decision to pursue a career in this industry. During the early 90's John developed an interest in woodturning that later lead to sculpturing. In 2007, John decided to combine this newfound passion with his educational background to become a full-time sculptor.

 

 

John Paul GoodyearArtist Statement

What draws us into having an emotional connection to an object or the environment in which it exists? Is it the mystery of its visual appearance, its shape, proportion, color, or maybe it's the enigma of its textural characteristics? What forces of nature created this existence in the first place - is it the graceful tranquility of life itself or the result of some catastrophic event? Is its visual appearance the result of its youthful existence or the aggression of time? It is my fascination with visual existence that inspires my imagination. 

When I envision a design for a sculptural piece I try to imagine its final visual existence. I will choose a wood species that will complement the design and topic of the piece, whether it's a rich and elegant feel that I am trying to achieve or a more natural or organic appearance. I employ multiple sculpturing and texturing practices such as the old world technique of hand carving and the contemporary use of rotary tools along with sandblasting and any other technique that will allow me to achieve the desired effect.

My work has evolved from simple utilitarian objects to the current sculptural forms. In earlier years my work was executed through the woodturning process only. Today woodturning is just one step, and consists of less than half of the process in many of my pieces. This evolution is a result of exploring and challenging my artistic and technical capabilities as I strive to capture the visual elements that inspire me in my contact with nature. The goal is to capture the enigma of visual existence.

John Goodyear


Artist CV

June 1, 2013

Past Group Exhibitions

2013 - "25 for 25", The Rooms, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2012 - An International Invitational Exhibition of Turned or Sculpted Wood. Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville, North Carolina.
2011 - 20/20 - Annual Members Exhibit, Craft Council Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2011 - "Emerging Patterns: an international invitational exhibition of woodturning". The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina.
2011 - "Wood", Devon House, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2011 - "Crafting Paradox", The Rooms, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2011 - "New Perspectives in Wood", del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2010 - "Juried Annual Exhibit", Craft Council Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2010 - "Be Our Guest", AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, Minnesota.
2010 - "The Teapot", AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, Minnesota / AAW Symposium, Hartford, Connecticut.
2010 - "Never Think Small - Redux", Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, New York.
2010 - "Be Our Guest: A Progressive Invitational", Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio.
2010 - "Made for Each Other", Annex Gallery, Devon House Craft Center, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2009 - "The Spindle" an AAW Invitational, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2009 - "Turning to the future" Grovewood Gallery, Ashville, North Carolina.
2009 - "Comfort and Joy", Craft Council Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland,
2009 - "Ontario Craft '09", OCC Gallery, Toronto, Ontario,
2009 - "Made of Wood Show", Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Rosemont, Ontario.
2009 - "Juried Annual Exhibit", Craft Council Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland.
2008 - "Comfort and Joy", Craft Council Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Collections

2009 - Government of Newfoundland Labrador
Collection of Gloria and Sonny Kamm Teapot Foundation
Private Collections in the United States and Canada

Awarded Commissions

2009 - NLAC (Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council)

Awards

2013 Niche Awards Finalist - in the category of Wood: Painted/Colored.
2012 Niche Awards - in the category of Wood: Turned.
2012 Niche Awards - in the category of Wood: Painted/Colored.
2012 Niche Awards Finalist - in the category of Wood: Painted/Colored.
2011 Niche Awards - in the category of Wood: Turned/Carved.
2011 Niche Awards - in the category of Home Furnishings: Teapots
2011 Niche Awards - in the category of Wood: Painted/Colored
2011 American Art Awards, Second place in the category Sculptural Non-representational
2011 American Art Awards, Third place in the category Sculptural Non-representational
2011 American Art Awards, Forth place in the category Sculptural Non-representational
2011 Award for Excellence in Craft - Jurors' Choice Award, presented by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2010 American Art Awards, First place in the category Sculptural Non-Representational
2010 American Art Awards, Third place in the category Sculptural Non-Representational
2009 Niche Awards Finalist - in the category of Wood: Turned

Broadcast Media

2011 - Interview with Angela Antle, Weekend Arts Magazine, St. John's, NL
2009 - Interview with Angela Antle, Weekend Arts Magazine, St. John's, NL
2009 - Interview with Erin Sulley, Living Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, NL