Janis Goodman


My prints are preoccupied with the repetitive patterns formed by roofs, windows and chimney pots and how they contrast with the organic forms of plants and especially birds. I love pattern but I also find great interest in the ways in which the repetition is interrupted.

My pictures are small narratives; illustrations in which different elements meet and interact. The choice of subject matter is often visceral – I get a particular feeling that this is the view, the collection of shapes, which feels right and which I want to reassemble. reality in a single glance.

I want my prints to illustrate a sideways glance at the world. Much of my work concerns places I know well, views I look at constantly and which have become an integral part of my mind’s eye either where I live in Leeds or places I visit frequently.

I enjoy the act of repetition, I can get great pleasure and satisfaction from doing something again and again – but I also like to stop and reconfigure.I am attracted to the unusual in the midst of the everyday. I try to avoid sentimentality but aim to focus on the quirky and the irregular.