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Paul D. Goodnight

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Pink, Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil, Denver, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Charleston, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Pink, Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil, Denver, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Charleston, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Artist Paul Goodnight was born in Chicago on December 31, 1946. At a young age, his mother took him to New London, Connecticut, and later to Boston, where a foster family raised him. After finishing high school, Goodnight was drafted into the Army, and served two years in Vietnam. The experience changed him and upon his return, he was unable to speak because of the horrors he witnessed there. Soon after, Goodnight began to paint, reverting to the means of expression he had employed as a child.

Finding release in his art, Goodnight regained his voice and enrolled in the Vesper George School of Art, taking English classes at a nearby community college to help him along the way. In 1976, he earned his B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. Goodnight continued to create, and in 1984 one of his works was displayed on an episode of The Cosby Show. Since then, his works have been featured in such programs as Seinfeld, ER and Living Single. Goodnight then began traveling the world, studying the art of the Caribbean, Africa, Russia and Asia, as well as working under contemporary masters such as Alan Crite and John Biggers.

In 1991, Goodnight founded Color Circle Art Publishing, which is dedicated to the perpetuation of the art and imagery of the African diaspora. His works adorn the homes of such notables as Maya Angelou, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the halls of the Smithsonian Institute. In 1996, Goodnight was commissioned to create a piece for the 1996 Olympic Games, and in 1998, he designed the World Cup poster. He was awarded the U.S. Sports Academy Artist of the Year Award in 1997. Goodnight's biggest inspiration is his daughter, Aziza.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul Goodnight's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Goodnight lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Goodnight describes his experience as a foster child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Goodnight describes his biological parent's background pt 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Goodnight describes his biological parents' background pt 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Goodnight describes his foster parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Goodnight describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Goodnight talks about life with his foster family, the Locketts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Goodnight describes himself as a student in grade school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Paul Goodnight talks about his interest in art as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Goodnight talks about his athletic interests in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Goodnight describes his interests and experiences in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Goodnight recalls his foster father's speech on his high school graduation day
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Goodnight describes being falsely convicted and incarcerated on assault charges
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Goodnight reflects on the experience of being incarcerated
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Goodnight describes how his false incarceration affected him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Goodnight talks about being drafted into the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Goodnight describes traumatic experiences in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Goodnight talks about experiencing racism and violence during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Goodnight describes the effects the Vietnam War had on him after being discharged in 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Goodnight reflects on experiencing the Black Power Movement after being discharged from Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Goodnight talks about the effects of the Vietnam War and his introduction to heroin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Goodnight describes his experience in art school in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Goodnight describes his experience teaching after graduating from art school and forming alliances with other black artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Goodnight talks about his artistic development and his relationships with other black artists in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Goodnight talks about his trip to Haiti
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul Goodnight talks about how the politics in Haiti influenced his art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul Goodnight describes traveling to Nicaragua during their revolution pt 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul Goodnight describes traveling to Nicaragua during their revolution pt 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul Goodnight talks about the black arts movement of the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul Goodnight talks about creating artwork for Hollywood set design
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul Goodnight talks about finding success with selling his prints that appeared on popular TV shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul Goodnight talks about the effects of this commercial success and his decision to travel to Mozambique
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul Goodnight talks about traveling to Brazil
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul Goodnight reflects on learning to trust his happiness when he traveled to Brazil
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paul Goodnight talks about returning to art school after traveling in Brazil
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paul Goodnight talks about teaching young artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Paul Goodnight describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Paul Goodnight talks about his famous work of art, 'Links and Lineage'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Paul Goodnight talks about mentorship among artists, including his relationship with John Biggers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Paul Goodnight talks about rites of passage for black men
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Paul Goodnight reflects on his relationship with John Biggers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Paul Goodnight talks about what he learned from his relationships with other artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Paul Goodnight talks about traveling to Ghana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Paul Goodnight talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Paul Goodnight narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Paul Goodnight narrates his photographs