Oh My God...ard!..are usually the first words out of peoples' mouths when they encounter Michael Godard's artwork. Godard, known as the "Rock Star of the Art World", has had a meteoric rise to fame over the past decade, and is currently the #1 best-selling artist in the U.S.A.!
Godard's work has been highly collected by movie stars, rock stars, professional athletes, politicians (Dannt DeVito bought Arnold Schwarzenegger Godard’s “Cohiba and Drink” original) and thousands of private collectors from all walks of life. His imaginative world of art is seen by millions of people every month on cruise ships and in galleries, hotels, gift shops and stores around the world. His paintings even adorn the walls of the officer's lounge in the Pentagon.
Godard's art invites us in to his lighthearted perspective of life that mirrors our lives through martinis with animated olives, drunken grapes, dancing strawberries and his own vices of gambling and the good life. Godard's unique portrayal of fun is an exciting combination of imagination and subtle humor that evokes and engages the creative side in "olive" us. His paintings have taken the conservative art world and turned it on its heel, re-shaping art as we have known it with a new and bold definition and, of course, a punch line! As he states in his newest book “You’re in MY World Now”, “I paint for myself. Once you find my twisted frequency, you’re right there with me!"
Since childhood Godard has had paint flowing thru his veins…schooling his talent at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for Fine Arts and The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Godard has been featured on TV shows such as HBO's Cat House, A&E's Criss Angel - Mind Freak, American Casino and Inked, and in a myriad of magazine and newspaper articles. A documentary on Godard's life, “Behind the Artist…Michel Godard” was featured at independent film festivals and won numerous awards. His Book, "Don't Drink and Draw, The Art and Life of Michael Godard”, was awarded Art Book of the Year.
Michael Godard grew up in Southern California and Las Vegas where he has flourished as an artist creating incredible works of art as a commentary of our times. Although the themes vary, Godard’s art changes the face of even the most traditional subjects, creating mood and mystery on canvas that at times are painted so realistically you feel as though the subjects will reach out and touch you. Today Michael Godard is considered to be one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time.
The Michael Godard Art Gallery in The Rio Hotel, Las Vegas (Godard’s home town) features the largest collection of Michael’s work on display anywhere, and specializes in “all things Godard”. The gallery also features a number of other fine contemporary artists of similar theme…”A cool gallery for cool people that want to make their home look cool”.