Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope

Posted November 30, 2010 by jmacphee in Events

This just in from printer-extraordinaire Art Hazelwood in San Francisco, it looks great!:

Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope
Linocuts, Drawings, & Paintings from San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons

December 4 – 30, 2010
Reception: Saturday, December 4th, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm

Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center
2981 24th street
San Francisco CA, 94110

From the press release:

Ronnie Goodman has created a large body of artwork while doing time at San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons. It has only been a month since his release. Precita Eyes on 24th Street in San Francisco is exhibiting Goodman’s paintings, drawings and linocut prints throughout the month of December. Goodman will be present at Precita Eyes for an opening on Saturday, December 4th, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm.

For most artists in prison the tendency is to create work about life on the outside. But Ronnie Goodman is an exception to this. His work is about life in prison. Sometimes his work is about the beauty that an artistic eye can find in the day to day. Sometimes his work is about the struggles of life in a cage.

Even while in prison Ronnie Goodman was eager to reach out to his community of San Francisco. He remained in touch with Precita Eyes and the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. He also created artwork used by the Coalition on Homelessness and the Western Regional Advocacy Project.

Goodman made his artwork as part of the Arts in Corrections program, which was defunded by the State budget last February. He studied with Katya McCulloch’s linocut class and Patrick Maloney’s painting and drawing class at San Quentin in a program overseen by Steve Emrick. He studied with Bill Peterson at Folsom State Prison.


Ronnie Goodman's small painted portraits on paper on the east wall of the show are some of the most deeply felt honest and dignified portraits I have ever seen. He really finds his element when he paints on a smooth(paper) surface. The presence of these paintings is far larger than their scale. It was so good to see them and I'd love to see him do more but I wouldn't want him to have to go back to "school" to do them. Thank you so much Mr. Goodman for such an inspiring show of inspired work.

Posted by: Mark Bulwinkle at December 11, 2010 9:04 PM

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