Ralph Ladell Goings (1928-)
A living American artist associated with the Photorealism movement, Ralph Ladell Goings is never one to hesitate to push the boundaries of art and, even more so, never one to not have a good time doing it.
His most well known works are those that depict common features of the American landscape such as banks, diners, and pick-up trucks. His depictions are typically objectivist in nature.
He was an innovator and, when he felt an impulse to restart his career as a painter in the early 1960's, he made a decision to go outside the Abstract traditions that had characterized his past. In fact, he wanted to get as far away from those traditions as possible.
He works in the controversial field of art that makes use of photographs. The controversy centering around whether the direct reproduction of a photograph in painted form constitutes art propelled Ralph Ladell Goings to take art a step further: he used an innovative technique of projection and tracing to produce his paintings. When his new method caused controversy in the art world, Goings regarded it as encouragement.
In recent years, Goings has worked in watercolor, after taking inspiration from the practices of 19th Century artists.