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The duality of Michael Godard

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He Devil, She Devil – Devil’s Tail” (2015), Michael Godard

For Michael Godard, it’s all in the details.

People tend to operate left brained (favoring logic, analysis and mathematics) or right brained (favoring creativity, intuition and arts). Godard, however, has combined these seemingly opposing sides to create a detailed world full of olives, alcohol and laughter.

“Even though it’s all sort of silly fun, in my world it’s very organized,” he says. “There is that technical part of me that wants everything very exact, and then there is the other part of me that is the playful side where I want to do something that photography can’t do.”

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Michael Godard

Prior to becoming an artist, Godard worked as a mechanical engineer for 12 years. His rock star look and attire began as a way of escaping the engineering world and its suits and ties, but he admits that his appearance helps hide that he is a “nerd” in disguise.

“Most of the books that I read are really boring because I love math as much as I love art, so I love to read books on physics and cosmology,” he says.

As chaotic as his images may seem, engineering and exact compositions are critical to Godard’s art and can be seen in his attention to detail and clean, polished style. Even his signature hints at the left and right brain working together: He prints his name like a draftsman, but adds flair by signing with an olive for the ‘o.’

By blending his attention to detail with his creative side, Godard tweaks his paintings with reality-based details and artistic license, creating compositions that beg to be examined. The obvious examples are the anthropomorphic olives and strawberries that are both lighthearted and emotive, but his technique is actually more subtle than that.

“If I’m painting a martini glass and the light is coming from the upper left-hand side, I will purposefully light the right-hand side because there is a place I need someone’s eye to go,” he says.

He loves the fact that an artist has the ability to control what a viewer experiences with their composition. In showing off his geeky side, he compares it to the science-fiction show “The Outer Limits” and its famous introduction: “For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear.”

“It seems very similar to science and how people look visually when they’re observing a painting,” he says. “I can control where someone’s eyes go into a painting, and knowing that, I design paintings that way, so I have a very scientific approach to it.”

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19th Hole Water Bound” (2015), Michael Godard

A prime example is his “19th Hole Water Bound.” Notice how the golf cart leads the eye to an olive that is gesturing to the stem of the martini glass, which in turn trails up the glass itself. From there, the red 19 flag points back toward the golf cart. Godard credits this cyclical movement to carefully using triangular shapes throughout the composition.

“Everything is not just placed by accident, it is placed very purposefully where it is,” Godard says.

Even with all the details and forethought that go into his works, Godard doesn’t take himself seriously. Instead, his goal is to make his art accessible and for people to feel good when viewing it – regardless of whether they’re left or right brained.

“Someone can look at a painting, and I don’t know the reason that they’re drawn to it, but if it moves them in some way there has to be some reason,” he says. “I love that part of it, that people give it meaning.”

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  • Cindy Roth
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    I have one picture from Goddard. I was in GA in a art store and had to have it. This was before I got into collecting art. Looking forward to adding to my collection

  • Andrew Dolny
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    Had the pleasure of meeting Michael. What a wonderful person and a riot to boot! Commissioned a piece that will arrive to my home soon. Can’t wait!

  • Janet Kies
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    I ordered three paintings on the OCT 18 sailing of the Eurodam ..Holland America. Received two of them and it is now Feb 5 and I have not received She Devil bY Michael Godard. I keep calling the Dearborn, Mich office and they keep giving me excuses why it hasn’t been sent. I wish you would look into this matter as I really miss my olives.
    Thank you
    Janet

  • Michael Cherry
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    I too had the opportunity to meet Michael during a Park West VIP cruise, what an amazing down to earth person. He is truly an artistic genius but I love the compassion he has for all people and his simple love of life! I’ve got five of Michael’s works in my collection including a unique piece of the dual hearts for St. Jude’s Hospital.

  • Terry & Julie Kerr
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    Also had the pleasure of meeting Michael on a cruise in 2014, we are awaiting the arrival of 2 of his Masterpieces series, which will take our Godard collection to 4 pieces, we just luv him.

  • Stacey Konias
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    I would really like to meet this talented artist. I bought 3 pieces of his art when I went on a P&O cruise last year. He Devil, She Devil was one of them. I love his style and his inner definition of the human psyche.

  • Bennett Bradley
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    Going to Vegas this weekend and planning a visit to his gallery. I own two of his works, ‘Pocket Rockets’ and ‘Rat Pack’. Unfortunately, when I was shipped ‘Rat Pack’, after purchasing at an auction onboard the Carnival Freedom, it came to me literally in pieces. I’ve shipped it back, but have not heard anything from PWG. Here’s your chance. 🙂 Thanks.

  • Susan Hutchinson
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    Waiting for my purchase of He Devil, She Devil on 6th November on board Oasis of The Seas. Please advise when to expect this. Thank you, Sue.

  • Elton Kleist
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    Just purchased Grape Confusion my Wife loves it!

  • Philip Archer
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    This last weekend I had the pleasure to meet Michael Goddard and his wife at a Park West VIP Auction at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. We acquired several pieces of his. We also had the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with Michael and his wife. Wow what an amazing man. I don’t think people realize that he is not only a talented Artist but he is a philanthropist humanitarian. Thank you Park West for the wonderful opportunity experience that i will never forget

  • Bennett Bradley
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    Trying to get a little more feedback. While I did get a call about my ‘broken’ art, I’ve gotten no further notification about where the process is now. It’s been 2+ months, and nothing but crickets. Will I ever get my painting? A serious refund? What’s going on, please?

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