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Michael Godard rocks with Park West Gallery

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Michael Godard

Michael Godard, the “rockstar of the art world,” recently opened up about his beginnings as an artist and where he and Park West Gallery are heading in the near future.

The Las Vegas-based artist may not show it now, but as a child he was shy, having a hard time making friends in school. However, by showing his fellow students that he could draw, he quickly made friends. He went on to become an engineer, but decided he wanted to create art as a career, and has done so for the past 15 years.

“What’s really going through my mind is I’m going to be in a room with a stranger, and how can I put my nerves at ease,” he said. “Humor is a great way to do that, so the paintings are on the humorous side.”

This talent for creating artwork loved by many continues to draw new friends for him from all walks of life, including Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, magician Criss Angel and musical acts like Dishwalla and Mötley Crüe. His art even appears in a lounge in the Pentagon and on every U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

His paintings mainly focus on his olive characters and depictions of martinis, wine and other spirits. The olives were inspired by a martini-drinking friend who asked him to paint something fun for his birthday. A family member saw the painting and wanted a similar one about grapes and wine, and Godard quickly realized he had something.

“At its very core, I think it’s being able to connect with people, it’s about the things that we do,” he said.

Michael Godard Ohm

“Ohm” by Michael Godard (2015).

When it comes to his iconic look, Godard said it originates from “busting out” of being raised by strict parents and his conservative engineering job. With his long hair, bandanas and tattoos, people often asked if he was in a band, which led to his rockstar moniker.

“I really have a lot of fun with it,” he said. “I can relate to it because I compare so much of what I do in art to music.”

True to form, Godard has his own music studio and loves listening to music when creating art, from Neil Diamond and U2 to Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC. As for his favorite creation, he said it’s usually the one he is currently working on.

“I learned very early on when you put your heart and your soul into a painting, you get very emotionally attached to it,” he said. “I’m in the business of creating art, and the next move directly from there is ‘I want to share it with people.’”

Park West exclusive art

Park West Gallery is giving collectors a chance to obtain a variety of artwork from Godard, including one of Godard’s favorite types of art known as “Pop Arts.”

“They are very loose olive paintings,” he said. “They’re on black backgrounds, they’re bright, they’re colorful…sometimes they will have the actual brush I used to paint the piece mounted onto it.”

A brand new series known as “Moonlight” paintings will be unique paintings that feature anything from Cadillacs to law enforcement subjects. Paintings on paper, dubbed “Brush Strokes,” are simple but one-of-a-kind Godard brush paintings.

Godard Olive Car Salesman with Martini

“Olive Car Salesman with Martini” by Michael Godard (2015). An example of Godard’s “Brush Stroke” series.

He is also creating unique mixed media originals that are graphic works with newly painted aspects. In addition, Godard has limited-edition graphic works that are exclusive to Park West Gallery.

“I’m hoping that I bring a new element to Park West,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this being a family and being part of that family.”

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  • Jeannine Sweet
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    will there be any of his works on the Carnival Glory 6/13 sailing as we will be passengers

  • Jeannine Sweet
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    P.S. Specifically interested in Lost in Paradise!

  • Tracey and Bob Barnes
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    My Husband and I met him on the Royal Princess in January 2015 – love his work and him as a person. So wonderful and down to earth. We are doing another Princess Cruise in February and hope to purchase more of his work. Hope to meet him again some day. I cannot say enough about him. For someone of his stature he is just one of the guys…Hope he never changes and with all he has been through hope he continues with his success

  • Tracey and Bob Barnes
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    Any idea what may be on the Regal Princess 2/21 – 3/6?

  • Jamie Diez
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    Save some for the Carnival Glory for January 23 and February 2 cruises also!!

  • Tracey and Bob Barnes
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    Thanks will do

  • Diane & Will Harrison
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    We have 1 original, 3 artist embellished giclees and a serigraph by Goddard. Love them.

  • Byron weeks
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    Have a few of his pieces we picked up in Vegas at his gallery. Awesome art! Glad Park West is a part of it as we collect from PW as well

  • cherie
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    Love Michael’s work. First saw his art in Kona, Hawaii.

  • Susan Cieslik
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    I purchased, “Lava Lounge,” a Goddard “olive” edition piece on a Princes cruise, some years ago….a real conversation piece! Glad to see him with Park West!

  • Rose and Dick Hasler
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    Couldn’t have met a nicer, humble and charming man. We cruised with him in April on Princess. He’s a bit shy, although it’s hard to believe until you sit with him and get to know him. Fantastic art work!
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  • Zenda
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    I absolutely love his work! I first saw his painting and see with. We are going to be on the norwegian get away in a couple of weeks, will there be some on there? I surely hope so!

  • Leonard Zajd
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    Make sure some are available for 6 family members on January 16 Carnival Valor cruise

  • Lin Kemp (Australia)
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    I have 3 originals from the Olive series and I ❤️them all. Travelling to Vegas later this year …. and He has a Gallery? Must google this and go visit.

  • Scott
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    My wife and I just bought his “ohm” and we love it. Can’t wait till it gets delivered.

  • Kent warner
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    Hi. I purchased 7 deadly zins and 7 heavenly chards years ago on a princess cruise. I am interested in selling these two pieces and investing in something else. Any information you could give me on the best channels to do this would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Kent Warner.

  • Regis Spaniel
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    I am going on a Princess cruise to Alaska on May 16th. Will there be any Godards on this cruise? I am interested in “the last martini. Thank you

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