Oscar Goodall RSW

I use watercolour, oil and pastel and anything else which ‘works’. Fifty years of experiment, chaos and fashion ranging from abstract expressionism to posturings with ‘conceptual art’ has left painters in the epicentre of an explosion. My work reflects this constant change and moves from abstraction to landscape and back again. I paint landscapes because of a need to share my reverence for what surrounds 90% of people – sky, water, land, the seasons and change. I do not live in New York, London or Berlin. I exist in an increasingly polluted green landscape which deserves to be recorded as are the skills required to do so. Those skills and techniques have like nature itself, to change, to fit the content and subject. To choose subjects which fit the skills merely leads to stylistic boredom and is dangerous.


1940s – Perth Academy. RAFUR, Dundee College of Art
1950s – Scottish Arts Council Touring Show (4 Young Scottish Contemporaries) Scottish Arts Council Touring Show (Scottish Watercolour Painting)
1960s – British Council Scottish Painters, Canada 2 One Man Shows – The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh One Man Show, Eden Court Theatre MacRobert Theatre, Stirling University RSA, RSW, SSA – Opening Show 57 Gallery, Edinburgh – selected painters Many Private Galleries
1990s – 41 Gallery, Edinburgh – Group Shows etc Catalan Scottish Painters, Santa Cruz RSW Tour to Hong Kong
2000 – Edinburgh Festival Show, Colours Gallery, Edinburgh Works in Private & Public Collections – Perth Art Gallery – Arts Council, Dundee Art Gallery Lecturer for Scottish Art Council and Dundee, Stirling, St Andrews Universities (extra mural) Co Founder of the Dollar Summer School

Selected Exhibitions

Arts Council – 4 Young Scottish Contemporaries
Opening of 57 Gallery, Edinburgh
Arts Council Scottish Watercolour Painters
Opening Exhibition of Pitlochry Festival Theatre
RSW Hong Kong Exhibition
British Council Exhibition, Canada
Catalonia Scottish Paintings, Santa Cruz

Public Collections

  • Perth Art Gallery
  • Dundee Art Gallery
  • Scottish Arts Council Collection