About

David Gooderham is a painter living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He paints in oil, and also works with brush and ink. He admires the spare and limpid qualities of black and grey tones, and line.

From 1967 to 1970 he spent lengthy periods of time in South East Asia, in Sabah and Sarawak, Singapore, the Phillipines, Cambodia, and Hong Kong and Macao. He was in Cambodia before the beginning of the war in 1970 which destroyed that country. He made drawings in many of those places. In Hong Kong and Taiwan he began a long-term interest in Chinese calligraphy, the traditional art form based on the Chinese written language.

Between 1970 to 1973 he lived in England and France. In Paris in 1972-1973 he studied brush and ink and calligraphy with Ung-No Lee, a South Korean artist then living in political exile in France.

In May 1990 he travelled to Cambodia and visited refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border. Cambodia was then in the final stages of its civil war with the Khmer Rouge, fuelled by the earlier foreign interventions by the United States, China, and Vietnam. Drawings made on that trip were the basis of the paintings in an exhibition, Reconstructing Cambodia (Helen Pitt Gallery, Feb. 1999) shown on this site in the section entitled Cambodia. At intervals between 1995 and 1999 he undertook a series of trips in China. After living in Beijing he spent several months in Hangzhou and Suzhou in 1996. In 1999 he travelled by train from Beijing to the far west to see the Buddhist wall paintings at Dunhuang, and to Kashgar and other oasis cities in Xinjiang. Paintings from the China series are found in the section called Strange Meeting.

Recent work is shown in the sections In the Lap of the Earth and New Work. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003 his paintings have looked at air war against cities, the shapes of handwriting found in letters written eighty years ago, and paradise gardens. He describes his paintings as bordering between history and landscape, a meditation on “what happened in this place”.

He has worked as a lawyer in Vancouver with his principal interest in defamation and in civil appeals.

January 27, 2012