To the Supermarket
Fine Art Dealers Association
Pen & ink on paper, 1953, signed in pencil and dated lower-right, on thin tan paper, with two pencil figure studies on the reverse; some overall toning to the sheet, and an area of the paper upper-left with a slight sheen to it and slight rippling, but otherwise in good condition
Image 23 x 15 inches
Sheet 23 3/4 x 18 inches
This work is from the time Goings attended California College of the Arts in Oakland, and predates his well-known photorealist style of the late1960s and beyond.
Signature: Signed in pencil.
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