Painterly Haute Rooms- Jeremiah Goodman
I have been a big fan of Jeremiah Goodman's moody gouche paintings since the moment I saw them in Interior Design magazines while in college. I love how he interprets the homes of international luminaries
and spaces created by global design leaders: Bruce Weber, Edward Albee, Yves Saint Laurent, Mario Buatta, Billy Baldwin, Elsie de Wolfe, Diana Vreeland, the Duchess of Windsor, Rose Cumming, Elsa Schiaparelli, Sir John Gielgud‚ Greta Garbo, Cecil Beaton, etc. His lush romantic colored renderings have not only captured the decor but also the essense of the owner. In an online interview I found, he mentioned that in 8th grade his teacher gave the students an assignment to say what career they would want to pursue? He wrote that he wanted to become a "freelance artist" and his teacher humiliated himself in front of the class. She said "Don't be ridiculous! There’s no such thing as a traveling freelance artist. You should think about being a teacher, an art teacher.” Now, how would that make you feel if your teacher had told you that at such an early age?
Some kids know early on what they want to become. At 89 years old, he is still working on his passionate career right in the Upper East Side in NYC, so that tells you something! He also mentioned "Every now and then someone comes into your life who has faith in you and the photographer Bruce Weber has been one of those people. Bruce told Jeremiah “You can do anything.”
Here is a picture of his studio in NYC. Doesn't he inspire you as he is sttill in his late 80's and still working on his craft? I have a lot of work to do, so if and when I get to his age, I leave behind my work that would
inspire other people.
images from various design magazines, flickr, froelick gallery, NY Mag