Michael Godard: Rocking the Art World

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At first glance, you might think Michael Godard is a rock musician.

With his long hair, bandanas, and tattoos, he looks more likely to be hanging out with Ozzy Osbourne than Pablo Picasso.

Yet Godard has the soul of an artist, and his unique, irreverent artwork has made him one of the biggest names in contemporary popular art.

In this new video from Park West Gallery, Godard invites us into his Las Vegas home and gives us a firsthand look at his thriving artistic career.

Michael Godard painting in his Las Vegas home.

Michael Godard painting in his Las Vegas home.

Las Vegas has played a huge role in Godard’s life. It’s where he attended school and worked as a mechanical engineer before struggling to make a name for himself as an artist. Vegas is also where Godard got his start playing in rock bands. (There’s a reason why he looks like a musician—he is one.)

Eventually, in his artwork, the playful anarchy of his music life fused together with the fun Pop aesthetic of the Vegas Strip. The result was a new style of art for Godard—one that was embraced by fans and art lovers alike.

Godard quickly became known for his whimsical paintings of animated olives dancing, carousing, or lounging around with a glass of wine or a martini. These designs have become internationally famous, winning the artist scores of celebrity fans, and Godard happily admits, “I’m the Olive Guy.”

Michael Godard, Park West Gallery

In fact, Godard’s olives currently appear on more than 4,000 products worldwide, ranging from surfboards to vodka. And, yes, he even has his own brand of olives.

While he’s best known for compositions featuring his trademark olives, grapes, and strawberries, Godard has built up an impressive body of work. His exuberant paintings of cocktails and wine celebrate a life lived to its fullest, highlighting the convivial experience of sharing a drink with a friend.

Michael Godard, Park West Gallery

Godard also uses his art to support his frequent philanthropic efforts. He’s been recognized for his charitable efforts by military veterans groups, The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among many other organizations.

For a man who set out to “rock the art world,” Godard is surprisingly humble while talking about his role as an artist.

“My life really isn’t about my art at all,” Godard says. “My art is a vehicle to do something in the world that will make a difference.”

Michael Godard, Park West Gallery

For more information on how to collect exclusive artwork by Michael Godard, contact our gallery consultants during business hours at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com after hours.

 

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  • Jeff Johnson
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    One of the best artists out our time.

  • Lyn Lelliott
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    Saw your art on latest RC cruise but they had mainly large art

  • Brenda L Lorenz
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    Love you Michael!!

  • Charlie Guerrera
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    One of the coolest and most down to earth artists on this planet. If you don’t have a sense of humor and don’t like his work, I feel very sorry for you! Highly recommend purchasing from him! Keep rockin the art world Michael!

  • Pam & Craig
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    great video C U in November

  • Donna Sanderson
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    You my friend are one awesome soul.

  • Loren
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    Goddard is phenomenal art,artist, comedian,& human being!! Love this guy and his family.

  • Rafael Pena
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    Hi Michael I’m a big fan of you and your painting I can’t wait to buy one and have it in my collection thanks.

  • Rafael Pena
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    Love your painting.

  • Rick Ellison
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    Really love your work ! Would love to hear your music! I too support St. Jude’s.

  • Myra and Jerry Nammack
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    We have had the pleasure of meeting Michael at two Park West functions and have collected many of his pieces of art. He is a wonderful artist and a very special person.

  • Eileen Braeman
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    It was my honor to meet Michael in person. I have 2 of his pictures hanging in my house including the hearts of hope

  • John Pronovost
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    Fantastic artist that is down to earth and loves to talk to ordinary people. We own 3 of his works including 2 originals. Well worth the price. Values keep rising. Looking for a4th piece in Vegas next month

  • Alexander Alexander
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    Fantastic artwork I have 2 pieces of Michael think I need another one. Keep on painting!!!!!!!

  • Blade Branham
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    Our Godard painting makes me smile every day! You are brilliant and genuine- rock on!

  • Jonathan ball
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    Love your work have 16pc of great art and still buying cant get enough. Have my condo of you

  • Roni Wildoner
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    Fun, talent, whimsy,and humanity!!

  • Dick Ammen
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    Met Michael on the VIP cruise to Hong Kong, he’s a supper Nice Guy. His “Olives” are really GREAT.

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