Born in Hampshire, Trudy Good spent her younger years exploring and romanticising the beauty of figurative painters work such as Rembrandt, Richter, Sargent, Degas, Giacometti and Bacon. From an early age she was drawn to the worlds of these artists and of the Pre-Raphaelites, where a subtle, supernatural beauty seems to be hiding under the breath of the human form; worlds where something beyond our natural perception is present.
Although Good did begin an academic art education she opted out after a year, disillusioned with the institution and wanting to find her own path uninfluenced by current trends and teachings. In an effort to discover her own artistic preferences, she began over a decade-long journey of continued self-instruction and independent study.
Good’s passion was always drawing. Her works of the female form are instantly recognizable by their parred down approach to both composition and a restricted use of colour to just the fabric. Good loves the juxtaposition of the ghostly charcoal rendering of the figure against the vibrant colourful material.
She says, ‘To me the pictures become a living breathing thing when the fabric only is in colour and the charcoal is quiet.’
After a 15 year love affair with the immediacy of drawing Good’s creative journey took a sudden unplanned fork when she began working in oils. Although the medium is new, her aesthetic remains the same; to create something that is beautiful, sometimes arrestingly so. Painting enables her to up the contrast and so the drama in her pieces with the use of strong directional lighting and the luminosity of the oil paint.
The popularity of Good’s work has continued to grow globally with successful exhibitions in many cities including London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Sydney as well as Europe. She has also been lucky enough to collaborate with many top couture designers and has worked on specific projects for London fashion week.
Many collectors are well known figures in the public eye, Good prefers to keep their anonymity. ‘