Jonathan Novak has been an important source for contemporary American and European art since 1978. With a wide-ranging inventory consisting of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints, one may find significant examples by Milton Avery, John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Fernando Botero, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Richard Estes, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Ralph Goings, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Mimmo Paladino, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Saul Steinberg, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann.
Jonathan has been an inveterate exhibitor at international art fairs in Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and is a member of the Private Art Dealers of America (PADA), the International Fine Print Dealers of America (IFPDA) as well as the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA).
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art is located in Century City, California, one-half mile west of the Beverly Hills Penninsula Hotel.
Ralph GoingsBiography of the Artist
American Photorealist, Ralph Goings (born May 9, 1928), is best known for his noninterpretative, matter-of-fact transpositions ot 35mm color slides "untouched by trope or deviation" of California banks, pick-up trucks and cars, coffee shop table tops and diners, and hamburger stands. The photograph intercedes between the subject and the act of describing it and serves to cancel "content" and emotional response. Biography Ralph Goings (1928 – ) Ralph Goings was born in Corning, California. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA, where he received a B.F.A. in 1953. Goings began to paint realist images while at California State University in Sacramento, where he earned an M.F.A. in painting in 1966. Goings is regarded as the senior member of the original group of Photo-Realist painters, and his work is the classic example of that style. Early in his career, the artist relied on photos from magazines for subject matter, much like the Pop artists who derived subject matter from the mass media. Eventually he began using photos he had taken when he started painting pickup trucks, a familiar image in his California environment. Subsequently, his field widened to include diners, supermarkets and fast-food places where the pickups were parked. In the 1970s, following a move to New York state, he changed his focus to concentrate on the interiors of diners. The artist's working method involves taking a "couple of hundred" slides of his subject. Choosing the one he likes best, he projects it on the canvas. A detailed pencil drawing results, and then with an enlargement of the slide to consult, he begins to paint, methodically working outward from a dark background area. A painting can take months of steady labor to complete. The result is "a lightly varnished, even-surfaced painting with just enough evidence of the brush to let you know that it was hand-painted rather than fabricated. Goings paints what he sees . . ." He chooses familiar images, generally illustrating some aspect of middle-class America. The artist writes, "I use the impersonal, mechanical image of the photograph to paint a facsimile of reality. The camera generalizes detail information, diagrams perspective and objectively records the random arrangement of objects. However, the photograph is not the subject of my work but rather a source of information, information that must be translated into paint information. The painted image is more important than the reality or the photo image." Curriculum Vitae Ralph Goings 1928 Born, Corning, CA 1953 Bachelors of Fine Art, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA 1965 Masters of Fine Art, Sacramento State College, Sacramento, CA Selected Exhibitions 2003 Hyperrealismes Americains, Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France 2003 Subject: Object, O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY 2001 Illusion and Reality: Hyperrealism Paintings in Korea and America, Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea 2000-01 A Century of the American Dream, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, Japan 2000 The Photorealists, Holmes Gallery, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL 1998 Get Real: Contemporary American Realism from the Seavest Collection, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC 1995-96 The Landscape of American Culture,1967-1975, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1994 Ralph Goings, A Retrospective View of Watercolors: 1972-1994, Jason McCoy Inc., New York, NY 1993 Contemporary Realist Watercolor, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX 1986-87 Boston Collects: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1985-87 American Realism Twentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolors, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA 1985 Fortissimo! Thirty Years from the Richard Brown Baker Collection of Contemporary Art, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1978 Representations of America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1970 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY Statement "In 1963 I wanted to start painting again but I decided I wasn't going to do abstract pictures. It occurred to me that I should go as far to the opposite as I could. ... It occurred to me that projecting and tracing the photograph instead of copying it freehand would be even more shocking. To copy a photograph literally was considered a bad thing to do. It went against all of my art school training... some people were upset by what I was doing and said 'it's not art, it can't possibly be art'. That gave me encouragement in a perverse way, because I was delighted to be doing something that was really upsetting people... I was having a hell of a lot of fun..."