Born/raised in Norfolk, Norman Goodwin (1946 -) earned his BFA at Cooper Union & MFA at Columbia University; & attended the London School of Conservation; was also educated at William & Mary/ODU, studying under Charles Sibley.
His paintings are collected by museums, including MOMA, the Chrysler Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and the Nasher Museum at Duke University. He is a certified fine arts appraiser and conservator and has judged shows all over. He is considered an Urban Artist, by categorizing himself as such. Amazing, for someone so open to art of all ilk.
Gosh, I met Norman back in early '60's I'm guessing, at a local art show. A character!!! I later visited him at a shop he owned downtown in Norfolk on College Place --The Tree House. Back then, there were little eclectic shops you had to hunt for, not unlike "Eden's Alley" in Virginia Beach in the early 70's, that Bohemian locals had access to. In that era, André Courrèges --a French fashion designer, whose designs were especially popular/influential; using white, black, space-age, and unisex styles revolutionizing fashion-- my mother even wore Courrèges styled boots and wig hats; André is oft credited with the mini-skirt. There were all kinds of futuristic items in Norman's shop. I was 6' tall which was rare for women/girls in those days,to attain such height (one popular taunt 'Jolly Green' arose -since I wore a fave pair of green over-the-knee socks) very thin --and was repeatedly urged to consider modeling. I was uncomfortable working as a "clothes hanger" --whether it was runway or photography. BUT there was no point arguing with Norman and a gal-pal Peg, to try on a Rudi Gernreich one piece swimsuit. BUT I was coaxed from the dressing room, a skinny kid. Only Norman could have finessed me out. I thought if Audrey Hepburn (wearing a one piece Courrèges) could do so in Two for the Road, then I could certainly emerge, for two friends in a 'Gernreich'. The day convinced me, as did friend Jackie (a French model), that being a hanger for money, wasn't a desirable destiny.
A couple years back I saw a Norman Goodwin painting at the Contemporary Art museum in Virginia Beach among other luminaries featured in this forum.
I talked with Norman today on the phone for the first time in ages, and he was very helpful. Have been meaning to touch base with many, but life gets in the way, changing priorities, etc. Norman patches living, by appraising art, designing interiors, auctioning-- & raising money for favorite charities; having taught painting for three decades, at ODU. He has painted seamy & festive sides of old Ocean View and downtown Norfolk, but for decades resided in West Ghent. He'd acted on regional & New York stages, while in his 20s, with an eye for drama. His paintings have a storytelling facet on character, motive, action. He creates art about people & places he knows best; as a boy headed to the Ocean View Amusement Park or the beach, He uses bold color --creating narrative in his images, bordering out loud. A major influence. --ro