Joe Goode, American (1937 - )

Famous for his "Pop Art" milk bottle paintings and cloud imagery, Goode's first solo show was in San Francisco at James Newman's Dilexi Gallery in 1962. In the same year his work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Phillip Hefferton, Robert Dowd, Edward Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud, in the historically important and ground-breaking New Painting of Common Objects, curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum. This historical exhibition is considered one of the first "Pop Art" exhibitions in America. These artists were part of a movement, Pop Art which shocked America and the art world and changed the art world forever.

In 2004, Joe Goode began work on a group of paintings that re-examined his past work. Each oil painting featured a photograph affixed to the face, which represented every major series he had produced to date. Goode then used a gas torch to burn holes in the completed piece, which when hung, cast haunting shadows on the wall beneath. After a year’s work, this body had grown to around 40 pieces. Tragically, these paintings were never shown, as they were destroyed in a fire in Goode’s studio in May 2005.

From this fire, Goode created 3 new bodies of work. These series marks important changes in Goode artistic process; using the photograph as a means for making larger paintings, and the last time Goode would use oil paint, and the first time, at age 68, he would use acrylic.

The exhibition “Ashes” at DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles, California, is a culmination of these three projects; “Burn Out!” -photographs of Goode’s studio which was destroyed in the fire, “Study for Lost Paintings” –small scale photographic studies of his last series of paintings before the fire, and “Lost Paintings” -large scale reproductions of his studies topped with layers of paint.

Over the years, Joe Goode has combined various traditional and non-traditional media in the creation of his artwork. He has explored images which project a way of seeing “in and out” and “up and down” as well as things that can be seen through: milk bottles, oceans, waterfalls, clouds and torn skies. While his subject matter has remained relatively consistent over the years, he has revisited each theme using different media, aiding him in finding unique ways in which he continues to work.

Goode continues to paint, photograph and exhibit. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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