Artist Prints - Jeremiah Goodman
"I have always felt that one's memory of a room is more accurate than a photograph" Jeremiah. Born 1922
Jeremiah Goodman was born on October 22, 1922. Like many artists, he began drawing at an early age, when he was given a box of crayons to keep him occupied while convalescing from a childhood injury. He went on to attend the Lafayette High School, Franklin School of Professional Art, and the Parsons School of Design, where he studied painting with Betty Carter.
Although he had initially wanted to become a Hollywood Set designer, the artist eventually concentrated his talents on creating renderings of rooms. In 1952 he began illustrating rooms, furniture, and fashion accessories for Lord and Taylor’s newspaper advertising. Gradually, his work also began appearing in the editorial pages of magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Harpers’ Bazar, House and Garden, and Interior Design, whose covers he illustrated every month for 15 years, for which he received, in 1987, the prestigious Hall of Fame Award in recognition for his contribution in the field of interior design.
Anyone with enough schooling can draw or paint an interior and give us a sense of what it looks like - where things are, furniture and fabric choices, colour, lighting, and so on. And that is enough for many. It takes a really fine artist, however, to go beyond that and give us the sense of being in the room, of being able to move about in the space, touch, react, get beyond the facts to the reasoning behind them.
A drawing or painting of an environment must do more for us than a colour photograph would-if the result is to transcend journalism. It must give us the experience of the thing. For us to penetrate into the picture a certain interesting and inventive distortion must take place.
A wall, for example, must not be literal: the artist must give us a sense of the wall, how it functions in and relates to its environment, not simply how it is, or looks.