A life-long association with Brittany resulted from marriage to his Breton wife Marie-Renee. For over 30 years, summers were spent documenting the changing face of the rural landscape in sketchbooks and paintings, on harboursides and in the fields. The culmination of these decades of study came in 1989 with the monumental commission to decorate the interior of the Brittany Ferries Flagship, ‘Bretagne’. Some years later he was chosen to revive the tradition of creative collaboration between artists and the famous ceramic ‘faienceries’ of Quimper. The resulting series of ceramic sculptures depicting ‘Breton types’, bear testament to a way of life that had all but vanished at the end of the 20th century.
Alexander Goudie also found literary inspiration in Oscar Wilde’s play ‘Salome’ and Richard Strauss’ opera of the same name. When asked to create the décor for a production by Scottish Opera, the artist immersed himself in both the text and the music. He devised a host of exquisite designs for costumes and sets, which were fated not to appear on stage when the project met financial difficulties. Undeterred, Goudie transformed his vision into an exhibition of dramatic canvasses which was unveiled at the Edinburgh festival in 1990.