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Born in Timaru in 1945, Roy Good studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch from 1963 – 1965 before moving to Auckland.

During the 1970s, he was one of a group of abstract artists, including Milan Mrkusich, Phillip O’Sullivan, Ian Scott, Geoff Thornley and Gordon Walters, who, spurred on by their far-sighted dealer Petar Vuletic, rejected more popular local subjects and styles and aspired to the difficult standards of international modernism. Good was subsequently part of the artist collective that established Gallery DATA in 1977 – a gallery that was devoted to abstract painting.

An enduring feature of Roy Good’s art is his use of shaped supports: multiple canvases or boards arranged to form a shape other than the conventional rectangle or, most often, a single canvas on a shaped stretcher. Good has employed shaped supports since the early 1970 and was one of the first exponents of shaped canvases in New Zealand, a practice strongly associated with American abstraction of the 1960s.

Roy Good’s abstract paintings are minimalist in form, but carry a sublime painterly subtlety when viewed at close hand. Within panels of each work, the colours are intensely worked, although the surface is often pared back so that from a distance it appears smooth. His use of colours creates planes, which appear to advance and retreat against each other, although sometimes it is physical rather than illusion – he layers geometric forms so they literally project from the wall.

Good has been represented by ARTIS since 1985. In 2007 a retrospective exhibition of his paintings spanning forty years was held at the Lopdell House Gallery in West Auckland. In 2011 the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch held its own retrospective exhibition, Triangles, Octagons and Lintels, which surveyed three seminal series of work from 1972 to 1974. The exhibition also included new works from 2003 to 2009 that were based on conceptual drawings from this earlier period. 

In 2018 Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery exhibited Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good, an exhibition that celebrated the 50-year parallel careers of Roy Good as both a designer and painter. It drew attention to Good’s pioneering work for New Zealand television from the late 1960s, alongside his early forays into modernist abstract painting, as well as featuring more recent paintings from the last decade – a highly productive period of renewed energy and innovation.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS AT ARTIS

2016 – Bisecting Planes, ARTIS, Auckland
2014 – Recent Paintings – with JS Parker, ARTIS, Auckland
2013 – Abstract Reunion – with JS Parker, ARTIS, Auckland
2011 – Lintel Series, ARTIS, Auckland

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 

2018 – Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good, Ed Hanfling, published by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

ACADEMIC HISTORY

1965 Diploma of Fine Arts, Ilam, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

SELECTED PRIVATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Auckland University, Auckland
Hocken Library, Dunedin
Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
James Wallace Trust, Auckland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
2016 – Bisecting Planes, ARTIS, Auckland
2014 – Recent Paintings – with JS Parker, ARTIS, Auckland
2013 – Abstract Reunion – with JS Parker, ARTIS, Auckland
2011 – Lintel Series, ARTIS, Auckland
2011 – Triangles, Octagons and Lintels, CoCA, Christchurch
Lintel Series, ARTIS Gallery
2016 – Bisecting Planes, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2009 – The Rhombus Suite, ARTIS Gallery
2007 – New Work, ARTIS Gallery
In Good Form: The Abstract Art of Roy Good 1967 -2007, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi
2004 – Diamond Series, ARTIS Gallery
2002 – G2K Gallery, Auckland
1985 – ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
1970 – 1973 Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland

JOINT EXHIBITIONS

2013 – ARTIS Gallery Joint exhibition with JS Parker Abstract Reunion
2014 – ARTIS Gallery Joint exhibition with JS ParkerRecent Paintings

AWARDS & PRIZES

1972 Tokoroa Painting Award

SELECTED PRIVATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Auckland University, Auckland; Hocken Library, Dunedin; Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland; James Wallace Trust, Auckland

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