2023 People’s Choice

Michael Goodson
Showing 188cm x 122cm relative to 200cm x 200cm

The purple square represents the relative size of the portrait to a 2 metre x 2 metre maximum size allowed.

Michael Goodson

Home: Ottawa, Ontario
Title: Terroir
Media: Acrylic and Silicone on Masonite board
Dimensions: 188 x 122 cm
Website: michaelgoodson.com


While my father posed for this piece, the subject of the work is both the connection and the tension between the topography and the psychology of the face. Because of the scale of the piece, when standing up close, one is aware of the geography of the surface. Only when one begins to retreat from it does the more visceral surface give way to a sense that the viewer is being ‘stared back at’ by a presence, in this case, an image of my father. My father, Robert Goodson, is a retired superintendent of special education, an avid curler and, at 88, he is soon to celebrate his 63rd wedding anniversary with my mother, Elizabeth.