Donna Goold’s paintings are an exploration of colour and light, observed simply by looking up into the sky. Although different motifs may appear in her paintings – a tree, a field or a road – the viewer is still pulled back to the overriding power and drama of the sky.
Even in her ‘night paintings’ where the tone can be overwhelmingly dark, she will use a flash of orange or florescent pink to symbolise how the light is still present – somewhere.
Donna emphasises the colour she sees, interpreting it in a more vibrant way than truly exists; treasuring even the most subtle tones and transforming them into intense marks.
She often chooses to include a view of water in her compositions – the sea, the river or even a road wet from rain – exploiting the subject to reflect the colour and gain the maximum impact of what is being emanated from the sky.
Choosing to reject paint brushes, Donna works purely by hand with high quality pigment oil sticks. This gives her complete control of the surface, and with even a very soft stroke the paint can be moved around to reveal layers beneath.
Tiny details and fingerprints left that only reveal themselves in certain light literally give a personal touch to the painting.
Favouring a smooth surface, she often works on aluminium, which acts like a mirror, so the colour can resonate and become even more intense. Donna chooses to frame her work in a very deep white moulding; it’s the ultimate entrapment of the colours she has chosen, the pure white surround giving the final amplification of their beauty yet also giving them the room that they now need to breathe.
Originally from Surrey, Donna Goold went on to train at Chelsea School of Art. After winning the ‘Wish you were here’ painting competition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, her work has become highly sought after and following the opening of Artwave West in 2009, is now held by numerous private collectors. Artwave West is the only gallery to stock her work.