Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ralph Goings - Painting the light


Santa Cruz artist, Ralph Goings, is a realist painter who has exhibited in this country, Europe and Japan. He is represented in museums and private collections here and abroad. When I view his work, I can hardly believe they are paintings rather than photographs.


He omits nothing with his paint brush in capturing what a camera's lens would see.


One thing that Goings' work has in common with photographs is its examination of light. Photography records, not objects as things in themselves, but the fall of light on objects—in other words, the way in which light is shaped by anything that interrupts its trajectory from the source.



Goings is recognized as one of the original members of the Hyper-Realist or Photo-Realist group of the late 1960's. His work draws our attention to the ordinary everyday experience of American life... showing that there is beauty in the mundane.



Art critic,,Edward Lucie-Smith writes about Going's work:
"He wants to tell us that the most ordinary things are well worth looking at—provided that we have the discipline to look at that property, on their own terms and for their own sake. After all, this is precisely what Vermeer does in the View of Delft. Why should Goings be ashamed to follow his example?"
All works shown in this entry are in private collections or collection of the artist.


"My paintings are about light, about the way things look in their environment and especially about how things look painted.
Form, color and space are at the whim of reality, their discovery and organization is the assignment of the realist painter."

---Ralph Goings




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ralph Goings was one of my teachers and was not from Santa Cruz. He was from Sacramento. He taught at La Sierra HS for years, then American River College and CSU Sacramento. He used to hang his wet, finished paintings on his front porch to dry. I would often sit across the street on my bike or in my car to view them... sometimes with binoculars.
Phil

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