Artist Michael Godard Reveals the Secrets Behind 7 New Paintings

Artist Michael Godard loves creating whimsical artwork featuring his signature olives, but there is more to his paintings than meets the eye.

For every animated olive and cocktail there is a story or hidden image hiding in plain sight. Some are obvious, but others require a bit of sleuthing to figure out.

Thankfully, the “Rock Star of the Art World” took time out of his hectic schedule to provide curious collectors with insights into the hidden imagery and inspirations behind seven of his more recent works.


“Forever Paradise” (2018)

Michael Godard Park West Gallery

Forever Paradise” (2018), Michael Godard

This unique mixed-media painting is an amalgamation of idyllic travel destinations around the world. Godard says everything from the Norwegian fjords and Hawaii to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas serve as inspiration for this heavenly vacation spot.

“It’s very romantic, it’s just a nice beach where the olives can go and be natural,” Godard says. “You have to look for the little, subtle things. In this particular one, there is a martini drawn in the sand.”


“Maybe a Little More” (2018)

Michael Godard Park West Gallery

Maybe a Little More” (2018), Michael Godard

Godard’s detailed depiction of a refreshing drink is actually a nod to Las Vegas and its vices. While the two playing cards made an ideal blackjack hand, the jack card and the drink itself hide secrets.

“You don’t see it until you hold it upside down, but the jack is holding a cigar,” Godard says. “If you look in the glass there is a beautiful woman.”


“My Safe Place” (2018)

Michael Godard Park West Gallery

My Safe Place” (2018), Michael Godard

Not only does this mixed-media painting of meditating grapes and corks exude a zen-like energy, it also contains what Godard says is “some of the best lighting I’ve put in a painting.” Even the symbol on the bottom right made from a splash of wine lends to the ambiance.

“It looks like the number 30, but it’s actually the ‘om’ symbol, which a lot of people use when they meditate,” Godard says.


“Bird’s Eye View” (2017)

Michael Godard

Bird’s Eye View” (2017), Michael Godard

This unique painting may not have the hidden secrets of his other works, but the painting itself is a bit of a puzzle. It’s only after you know the title that you realize you’re looking at a martini from the top-down (i.e. a true bird’s eye view). Godard notes that the work’s unorthodox canvas size is no accident either

“People either have an abundance of paintings on the wall and don’t have a lot of room for others, or they have that little niche where there is not a lot of wall space,” he says. “This series was created specifically for that.”


“Break Time” (2017)

Michael Godard Park West Gallery

Break Time” (2017), Michael Godard

This “Brush Strokes” painting could be considered a major departure for Godard. Painted with one color and in a minimalist style, this work depicts a coffee bean police officer, which breaks from his typical characters of olives and fruit.

“Oftentimes these Brush Strokes are occupational,” Godard says. “This one goes along the typical thought of officers enjoying their coffee and doughnuts.”


“Van Gogh” (2018)

Michael Godard Park West Gallery

Van Gogh” (2018), Michael Godard

In “Van Gogh,” Godard imagines the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh excited after spending a day at Disneyland. Godard admits the painting was an excuse for him to reproduce Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and have a little fun referencing Van Gogh’s infamous decision to cut off his own ear.

“In this particular one, Van Gogh is a little brighter, has a full head of hair, and is painting a self-portrait, but had so much fun at Disneyland he’s painting the Mickey ears,” Godard says. “What’s really fun is one of his Mickey Mouse ears is missing in the portrait.”


“Rose Angel” (2016)

Michael Godard Park West Gallery

Rose Angel” (2016), Michael Godard

As much as Godard loves his fanciful works featuring mischievous olives, he also enjoys painting beautiful imagery. In this instance, he took a spiritual approach to depicting the splash of poured wine.

“This one in particular was done after I lost a friend of mine, and the thought of an angel appealed to me,” Godard says. “It’s also showing the beauty of wine and the colors in it.”



Interested in collecting the art of Godard? Contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 during business hours or for more information.

Want more insight into the creative mind of Michael Godard? Then check out the first episode of our new podcast series “Behind the Artist” featuring an in-depth interview with the artist.


Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • Do You Know How to Take Care of Your Art? Take Our Quiz...

    We love art, and we’re betting you do too. That is why we want to give you some expert tips on how to keep your art looking as beautiful as ...
    Read More
  • Everyone Wants to Take a Bite Out of Artist Matt Beyrer

    Artist Matt Beyrer has an uncanny knack for drawing depth and beauty out of unexpected places.

    So perhaps it’s not surprising that Beyrer’s artistic career began in an unexpected place—on a surfboard.

    Read More
  • The Strange History Behind Salvador Dalí’s “Divine Comedy”

    Salvador Dalí was an unusual choice to illustrate Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy.”Dante’s epic poem is considered one of Italy’s national treasures, a work embraced by both Italian cultural ...
    Read More
  • Collect Original Graphic Works by Salvador Dali in Our New Fall Sale

    Salvador Dalí is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Now you have the opportunity to collect works from the internationally renowned Surrealist in our ...
    Read More
  • Meet the Artist: 10 Questions with Patrick Guyton

    Patrick Guyton has combined his passion for ancient art techniques with a tenacious work ethic to create a truly unique body of work.Guyton’s art is a sight to behold. ...
    Read More
  • Park West CEO Provides Insight into ‘Self-Destructing’ Banksy Art

    Famous street artist Banksy has made art history by having one of his paintings elaborately destroy itself immediately after being sold for $1.4 million.The unprecedented stunt took place at Sotheby’s ...
    Read More
  • Park West Auctioneer Spotlight: Alex White

    It takes a special kind of person to head off onto the high seas to spread their love of art to travelers around the world.Alex White is one of those ...
    Read More
  • The History of Picasso Ceramics: How Picasso Changed Pottery Forever

    Between 1946 and 1973, Pablo Picasso created a breathtaking collection of original ceramic works.Over the past 50 years, Park West Museum has developed one of the largest collections ...
    Read More
  • Understanding the Delicate Process Behind the Art of Patrick Guyton

    The artistic process Patrick Guyton uses to create his art is exacting, volatile, and precarious. This may sound hyperbolic, but for Guyton, something as simple as using the wrong ...
    Read More
  • Park West Gallery Enhances the Art Experience with New Interactive Technology

    As Park West Gallery celebrates 50 years in business, it’s continuing its mission of reimagining the art world with new and innovative ways for people to interact with art.Park West ...
    Read More
  • Meet James Coleman: 10 Questions with the Acclaimed Artist

    If you’re not familiar with the name “James Coleman,” you’re definitely familiar with his work.For over 17 years, Coleman supervised the creation of the hand-painted backgrounds for some of ...
    Read More
  • Behind the Artist: Patrick Guyton

    The path to becoming an internationally renowned fine artist might not be paved in gold, and that’s fine with Patrick Guyton—he prefers to put gold to better use.Guyton’s own ...
    Read More