Michael Godard Reveals ‘The Secret Life of Olives’ at Nashville’s Monthaven Arts
Art collectors from all walks of life know the name “Michael Godard.”
Godard’s intricate and irreverent paintings have won him fans around the globe as well as the nickname the “rock star of the art world.” Now, Godard will be the focus of a major new museum exhibition at Nashville’s Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center in 2020.
“Michael Godard: The Secret Life of Olives” will be appearing at the Monthaven Arts Center from January 5 to February 2, 2020.
You can find more information about visiting the free-to-the-public museum here.
The title of the exhibition will make any Godard fan smile. The artist is famous for his imaginative paintings of animated olives, strawberries, and grapes. His olives, in particular, have become literal icons, appearing on thousands of products worldwide.
Cheryl Strichik, the Executive Director of the Monthaven Arts Center, says that Godard’s olive paintings “appeal to our hearts. But there are also subtle themes in his paintings that suggest love, loss, pain, and conflict. These images can linger in the mind long after we’ve seen his work. These are qualities that make his art great, that make us remember what it feels like for our imagination to run wild.”
“The Secret Life of Olives” features over 35 original paintings by Godard capturing some of his most acclaimed imagery. The collection shows his trademark olives enjoying martinis, recreating pop-culture milestones, and falling in love.
Exhibition curator Leigh R. Hendry notes, “There’s no grim or dim views of modern life in Godard’s fantasyland; no dark stark reality, no tears, no fears, no scary dramas… just genuine, wholehearted positivity at its purest.”
Godard joins the ranks of other Park West artists who have been invited to show at the Monthaven, including Autumn de Forest, Alexandre Renoir, and Tim Yanke. Most recently, the Monthaven hosted the dual exhibition “Picasso: Master in Clay” and “Marcel Mouly: From Clay to Canvas,” featuring the works of 20th-century greats, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Mouly.
“Michael Godard: The Secret Life of Olives” was organized by Carole Sorell Incorporated and sponsored by Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation.