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John Goetz

Winsor Gallery:
Vancouver BC Nov 8-Dec 4, 2005

John Goetz - Inter Current
John Goetz, Inter Current (2004), encaustic, oil and acrylic on canvas [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 8-Dec 4]


John Goetz is a Swiss-born, Los Angeles-based painter whose work was shown last month at the ARTAMO Gallery in Santa Barbara and the Don O’Melveny Gallery in Los Angeles. His thick-surfaced canvasses capture bodies in motion with a copious mix of expressive gestures, scratch marks, fields of colour and lumps of paint and wax. The extremely rough, textured and eloquent paintings with their dimly-perceived figural shapes suggest a kind of shamanistic spirituality or consciousness.

John Goetz - Return
John Goetz, Return (2004), encaustic oil and acrylic on canvas [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 8-Dec 4]


Goetz believes painting the figure is the one true method through which all the complexities of the individual can be exposed: the inner self is revealed and public identity declared. His “poetic approximations” of the body have a quiet presence free of narrative but fraught with intensity. Describing Goetz’ figurative work, Tony de los Reyes of Los Angeles wrote, “With each gesture we disclose the dual natures of our introversion and extroversion. All motion is formally (and thereby socially) laden.“ Goetz’s most recent work appears to be less about the totality of the body and more about life at a cellular level. Using a mix of encaustic, oil and acrylic on canvas, shapes are less isolated and the compositions much denser.

Ursula Salemink Roos - Coastal Impression XII
John Goetz, Vessel (2004), encaustic oil and acrylic on canvas [Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 8-Dec 4]


Goetz studied at the Sheridan College of Art & Design (1977-1978) and the Ontario College of Art (1979-1983), both in Toronto. Since 1995 he has had numerous shows in Seattle, New York, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Los Angleles.

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Mia Johnson

 Wed, Nov 2, 2005