Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Homage to Ralph Goings
Having delved only slightly into the world of abstraction, I had to return quickly to realism . . . or more specifically, the genre of realism epitomized by Ralph Goings and the mid-20th century "photo realists." Working in watercolors it's a little harder to get the luminosity of glass surfaces typical of a Goings still-life, but I tried. So this is my "homage to Goings," who painted countless still-lifes of condiments and diners. Fans of traditional landscapes, Impressionist musings, or the historical tableaux of a Rembrandt may not appreciate two ketchup (catsup?) bottles and a salt shaker, but to me they're equally art-worthy. Consider them "urban landscapes," which I guess could encompass anything from an architectural landscape of tall buildings to a landscape of condiments in a diner. The bottom line: Goings knew what he was doing.