Born Adelaide, Australia 1941


Barrie Goddard completed Postgraduate studies in Printmaking at the South Australian School of Art in 1961. Goddard began lecturing at the School from 1963 and went on to hold posts as Senior Lecturer and Head of Painting from 1963 to 1995.

Goddard’s early paintings reflect the interest in large scale abstraction which was being explored by many artists working during the late 1960s and 1970s. During this period Goddard applied his interest in the dynamics of colour field painting to the observation of the Australian landscape, creating strong optical effects which conveyed the experience of the landscape. The Flinders Series was based on the topography and clarity of light found in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and includes the work, Brachina Gorge – October morning light, painted in 1973. The painting is one of the major works from the series and reflects the artist’s interest in the daily shifts and changes of light which generate a sequential relationship in range and subtlety of colour. The apparent simple geometry of the painting is made more complex by the colour and spatial movements created through tonal variation. Other paintings from this series are held in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Newcastle Regional Gallery.

Goddard’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, many state and regional galleries, several university collections, Parliament House, Canberra and numerous private collections.