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Steph Goodger

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A History Painting II is one of three works inspired by photographs taken at the point of rescue by members of SOS Méditerranée. Since 2015, this European, maritime-humanitarian organization has been invaluable in rescuing thousands from unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean.

Gericault’s painting, Raft of the Medusa, has a huge influence on my work. Gericault’s scene is wild,
with the makeshift craft rolling on vast waves and the rescue ship just a speck on the horizon.
Different to the terrors of the night, with only the sounds and movement of the water. In both cases
though, the infinite nothingness is below, and only a moment away.

Goodger lives and works between Bordeaux, France, and the UK.

She was a prize winner in the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize 2020, having previously exhibited in JMPP 2016 and 2004.

She was selected for the Brewers Towner International, in 2022, an exhibition and prize at Towner Eastbourne.

In April-May 2023 she has a solo exhibition with De Queeste Art, Belgium.


Steph Goodger holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey (1995) and an MA from Brighton University (1999).

TART's Open Call Winner. 2023

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