Catherine Goodman (b. 1961) is an artist based in London, working between her London studios and Somerset.

She trained at London’s Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, and the Royal Academy Schools, at which she won the Royal Academy Gold Medal in 1987. 

Her painting of Antony Sutch won First Prize in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2002, following which the Gallery commissioned her painting of Dame Cicely Saunders for its collection.

Goodman is represented by Marlborough Fine Art, at which she has exhibited since 2004.

She has had numerous solo exhibitions including Portraits from Life at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014 and the last house in the world at Marlborough Fine Art London in 2016; in 2019 she exhibited at Hauser & Wirth Somerset following five months as Artist in Residence, and at Marlborough Gallery New York with her solo exhibition, the light gets in.

Goodman’s paintings are held in numerous private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, which acquired her portrait of film director Stephen Frears for its 20th Century Collection; the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and the Royal Collection Trust.  

Central to her artistic process is the act of drawing from observation, whether from life, objects or the great masters and their works. 

Goodman sees her role as an educator as being integral to her artistic identity and in 2000 she co-established the Royal Drawing School with HRH The Prince of Wales, to address the increasing absence of observational drawing in art education.

She has a longstanding interest in artists’ development and education, as well as the importance of drawing skills to underpin creative practice, both in fine art disciplines and more broadly in the creative industries. 

She continues in her role as Founding Artistic Director and Academic Board Member and has been a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order since 2014, for her services to the School.


1961  /  Born in London

1979-84  /  Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London

1984-87  /  Royal Academy Schools, London

1987  /  Royal Academy Gold Medal

2000-07  /  Director, The Prince’s Drawing School

2002  /  First Prize, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

2004-05  /  National Portrait Gallery commission, portrait of Dame Cicely Saunders

2008  /  Artistic Director, The Prince’s Drawing School, now the Royal Drawing School

2014 / Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for services to the Royal Drawing School

2019/ Appointed Trustee for The National Gallery, London 

Solo Exhibitions

1988-95  /  Four solo exhibitions at Cadogan Contemporary, London

1997  /  Theo Waddington Fine Art, London

2008  /  Marlborough Fine Art, London

2012  /  Marlborough Fine Art, London

2014  /  Drawing from Veronese, Colnaghi, London

2014  /  Portraits from Life, National Portrait Gallery, London

2016 / the last house in the world, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2019 / EVE, Hauser & Wirth Somerset 

2019 / the light gets in, Marlborough Gallery, New York 

2022 / And everything changed..., Marlborough Gallery, London 

Group Exhibitions

2004  /  Two London Painters: Catherine Goodman and David Dawson, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2006  /  Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

2007  /  Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2015  /  Last of the Tide: Portraits of D-Day Veterans, The Royal Collection Trust, London

2015  /  Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2016 /  Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2017 / Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (Invited Artist)


2004  /  Jake Auerbach, Two London Painters, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2006  /  Sandy Nairne and Sarah Howgate, The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London

2012  /  Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Worlds Within, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2014  /  Sarah Howgate and William Feaver, Portraits from Life, The National Portrait Gallery London

2016  /  Hannah Rothschild, Dr Claudia Tobin and Andrea Rose, the last house in the world, Marlborough Fine Art, London

2019  /  Lucy MacDonald, EVE, Hauser & Wirth

2019  /  Judith Thurman and Dr Claudia Tobin, the light gets in, Marlborough Gallery, New York

2019  /  Ways of Drawing: Artists’ Perspectives and Practices, Thames & Hudson

2019  /  Great Women Artists, Phaidon Press