To the Supermarket
Fine Art Dealers Association
PROVENANCE: OK Harris Works of Art, New York (label verso); Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina (label verso); Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (label verso).
Condition Report: There do not appear to be any major condition issues; not examined out of the frame; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 12.5 X 11 Inches
Signature: Signed and dated lower right: Goings 94
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
The senior member of the original group of Photorealist painters, Ralph Goings is best known for his paintings of 35mm color slides that illustrate the familiar, middle-class imagery of California. In his non-interpretaive paintings, Goings depicts his subjects exactly as-is—matter-of-fact portrayals of tabletops, pick-up trucks, supermarkets, hamburger stands, and eventually New York diners upon his cross-country move. Born in Corning, California, Goings studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, followed by the California State University in Sacramento. In his process, Goings takes several hundred slides of his subject and projects his favorite image onto a canvas. After a detailed pencil drawing, he enlarges his slide to render a painting, which he has described as using “the impersonal, mechanical image of the photograph to paint a facsimile of reality.”
American, b. 1928, Corning, California