Rosemary Goodenough is a painter, sculptor, writer and designer. Rosemary studied painting privately in Scotland and Italy and has exhibited at the Biennale in Florence and also in Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Milan and Salzburg among other cities.
Rosemary’s work is semi-figurative and she does not use brushes but instead paints with knives, cloths and her hands when painting with oils so always paints on panel or board as canvas is too springy to accommodate her technique. When drawing with charcoal, she creates various surfaces to create different tensions between the charcoal and the surface, the most innovative being her 'Roseotypes' which appear to float the charcoal on a surface which seems to be almost metallic due to its particular preparation.
Rosemary began to explore her creativity further, creating needlepoint designs and then through Sculpture at the encouragement of fellow artists. Self taught in both, she created a series of Sculptures to honour Eleanor of Acquitane, a fascinating and brilliantly clever woman. “She was married to the King of France, the King of England and was mother of two English Kings, Richard The Lionheart and King John but, very unusually for a woman of her era 1124 – 1204 she was always known by her own name as Duchess of Acquitaine and commanded great respect wherever she went. Equally unusually at the Plantaganet necropolis in Fontevraud Abbey, she is depicted reading a book, again very unusual for a woman of her time and I wanted to honour her in sculpture”.
In 2011 Rosemary was inspired by overhearing someone at one of her exhibitions exclaim “if that painting was a scarf I would wear it”! This led her to apply her paintings using one of the great silk printers at Lake Como, by means of series of digital colour variations she made of her original works, to Silk Twill as a forerunner in the ‘scarf art’ movement, which process sparked her designing and developing what is now a full collection of accessories for both women and, through Rosemary Goodenough Man, for men. Rosemary Goodenough Ties and Silk/Cashmere Scarves are all woven and made in England.
Early examples of her Collections were taken up by legendary London store Fortnum & Mason and cutting edge Mayfair showcase Wolf & Badger; thus began her creative trajectory into the world of Fashion. When Rosemary considered the classic Tie and applied her skills to the design of a signature Tie with a separate, subtly contrasting ‘knot’, woven and made in England to her exacting standards, Paul Alger, International Director of the UK Fashion & Textile Association told Rosemary 'that she was the first person to redesign the Tie for 150 years'!
Rosemary lives and works in Norfolk with her husband Michael Waller-Bridge, a portrait and abstracts photographer. They have recently completed the renovation of their partly 500 year-old property where they have created studios and collaborate utilising their various skills and expertise as well as working on their indiviual creative projects.
“Every Mark Is A Decision” – Rosemary Goodenough
Rosemary Goodenough’s works have been widely exhibited in the UK and abroad. Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh (Visual Arts Scotland at The Royal Scottish Academy), Florence (Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea), London, Milan and Salzburg are some of the cities in which her work has been shown.
Her work has been bought by Collectors in Canada, France, Germany, South Africa, UK and the USA.
Invited by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to join the Ambassador Programme in 2015.
Millennium Year Online Resident Artist foThe Green Gallery, Stirlingshire, Scotland
London Art Editor 2004, Archidom, Moscow
"As an Artist I am viscerally aware of the absolutely straight line connection between me and the Artists who made their Marks with such verve on the walls of the Chauvet Caves approximately 35,000 years ago. We don't know their names or motivations but the drive and passion to make Marks is a primitive and inescapable human need and this straight-line connection between Artists across millennia will never be broken. For me, being part of a link in this past and future chain is fundamental to my life as an Artist".