Small Stories Mike Goldberg
Artwork by Mike Goldberg
July 11-August 2, 2014
Reception: July 11 • 5–8pm
Through his paintings, Mike explores the well lived lives of his subjects' well worn faces. More psychological profiles than portraits, Mike sources real people, his imagination and found photographs, merging them to create a powerful emotional atmosphere frozen on canvas.
The paintings are loose representations of the many original characters that Mike engaged with throughout his eclectic work history. As a sanitation man, tow truck driver, emergency room orderly and therapist in a locked psychiatric unit Mike came across many original characters who became the inspiration for these moving untold stories of these unknown people.
The underlying concept of Mike's paintings is about how we process memory. Through their iconic imagery, the paintings are designed to stir deep-rooted memories of people who have influenced us from our past because those memories hold great value to who we are.
Mike paints on found wood with oil bars using his fingers to work the paint into the wood incorporating the rough texture of the surface that enhances the story of each character.
Mike was born and raised in Boston and spent 22 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn before recently moving to the beautiful Bay Area a few years ago. Studying in the traditional French academy approach at Boston’s Fenway Studios, Mike learned the craft of drawing and composition in the style of the French masters. In addition to his 75 or so unique jobs, Mike received a degree in Psychology from Boston University and worked in Psychiatric facilities as a therapist and also worked in a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room.
Solo Show, First Person Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Solo Show, Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax, CA
Group Show The Copley Society, Boston, MA
Publication, Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 18. Two paintings featured
Boston University, Boston, BA Psychology
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program
Fenway Art Studios, Boston, MA Painting program
School of Visual Arts, NY