Michael Godard’s world of art invites us into his lighthearted perspective of life, surrounding us with animated olives, grapes and dancing strawberries. His unique imagery is an exciting combination of imagination and subtle humor which evoke the creative side in “olive” us. He has taken art as we know it and given it a new definition and, of course, a punch line.
The Las Vegas-based artist made friends as a child by showing his fellow students that he could draw. He went on to become an engineer, but realized his calling was to create art. He grew out his hair, embraced the rockstar style and never looked back.
His paintings are thought provoking and full of creative, fun, enigmatic illusions. They show pain, love, conflict and success; they make people smile, laugh, and reminisce. Godard uses the theme of alcohol as a way of connecting with the viewer, and for those who look closely, hidden details like names, dates or initials can be found in his art.
“The paintings are like a humorous, emotional bath,” he says. “Every painting might not be for every person, but everyone, I think, loves to have a laugh.”
Godard’s work is collected by the young and old from all walks of life including movie stars, rock stars and private collectors. Rock icon Ozzy Osbourne has said of Godard, “We both love to see people respond to our art and it’s probably why we’ve been given a gift to create and entertain. Get ready to go crazy over the artwork of Michael Godard.”
Godard’s imaginative world of art is seen by millions of people each month, worldwide through cruise lines, galleries, hotels, television, and magazines. His paintings even adorn the walls of the Officer’s Lounge in the Pentagon.
Godard has appeared on A&E’s “Criss Angel’s Mind Freak” and during the Biography Channel’s Criss Angel segment, along with numerous other media appearances. A documentary on Godard’s life won several awards and was aired at multiple independent film festivals. In March of 2011, a slot game called “Aristocrat’s Godard’s Rockin’ Olives™ Video Slot,” made its debut at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on March 22, 2011. Each frame and image in the Rockin’ Olives machine was hand-painted by Godard. In 2013, Goddard created his own brands of gin and vodka with his artwork adorning the bottles.
Godard has dedicated himself to philanthropic causes through his art. “The funds I help raise save lives and at the end of the day, it’s the most important thing I do,” declares the artist. In 2006, his 16-year-old daughter passed away after her battle with brain cancer. “All the money in the world cannot bring her back, but the funds I help raise for a cure will help save another child.”
Godard works closely with “The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program,” St. Jude’s “Make-A-Wish Foundation” and the “Nevada Cancer Institute.” Sharon Osbourne has said about developing the market and awareness of Godard’s work, “You’re not only buying something that is a work of art, but that money is going to save somebody’s life.”
Godard’s continuing efforts have driven him far beyond the canvas and brought him closer to his goal of raising monies to fight the war against cancer. Godard says, “The world is small, you can truly make an impact on everyone you meet.”