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Rod Goebel

 (1946 - 1993)
Rod Goebel was active/lived in New Mexico.  Rod Goebel is known for landscape-floral-coastal, figure.

Rod Goebel

Biography from the Archives of askART

Rod Goebel was a painter of southwestern landscapes in lights, shadows, and powerful colors. He is fascinated by color, and paints using emotions instead of intellect.

Goebel attended the University of New Mexico and the Colorado Institute of Art, as well as receiving private lessons in portraiture. He has been featured in Southwest Art, August 1980, and exhibited at the Peking, China show.

Goebel was a member of the National Academy of Western Art, and was one of the Taos Six.

Source: "Contemporary Western Artists" by Harold and Peggy Samuels
Rod Goebel was a post-impressionist / impressionist painter of landscape, still life and figure who made his mark in Taos, New Mexico. After receiving his degree from the University of New Mexico, Goebel studied at the Colorado Institute of Art in 1968 1969, graduating in Advertising Design. He later studied at the Ramon Froman School of Art.

Goebel was a charter member of the Taos Six Society of Artists with Ron Barsano, Robert Daughters, Walt Gonske, Julian Robles and Ray Vinella.

In 1979, Goebel was elected to the National Academy of Western Art. His work has been shown at The Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico; The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma; the Museum of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, and in corporate and private collections throughout the country including Wells Fargo Bank, New York and The Southland Corporation, Dallas.

Goebel had eleven one-man shows. Profiles of Goebel appeared in "Southwest Art" and "Artists of the Rockies".

Rod Goebel was born in 1946; he died in 1993.

He once said, "I have since childhood felt a longing for the ocean and shore which is positively mystical. Since the mid-70's, I made many trips yearly to paint the California coastline or particularly the area around the Monterey peninsula, where 'Carmel Coast' was painted one misty, mysterious day in November. Every painting I do of the sea is different because the moods of the sea and sky are never the same."

Rod Goebel was born in Austin, Texas, was educated at UNM, Colorado Institute of Art and Ramon Froman School of Art. He was one of the charter members of the "Taos Six" Society of Arts and was also an Academician of the National Academy of Western Art.

He lived and worked in an adobe hacienda that he created for himself in an area north of Taos, New Mexico. This hacienda was renowned for its gardens, and it supplied one of the major themes of his art.

Over his twenty year career, he produced a large body of work distinguished because of its variety of subject matter and different artistic approaches. He was known as a brilliant colorist with a great deal of his individuality and unique sight coming from always doing his landscapes out side. His total life was immersed in his art: "I've always done my work. I never expected to be anything other than successful and to become a better painter."

In his last years, Goebel was also known as a master teacher, holding many classes and workshops in his home and throughout the country to pass on his knowledge of painting. Many contemporaries as well as younger artists still reflect about the influence Rod had on their painting and the push he gave them to try new techniques and expand their creativity.

"Rod Goebel is one of those rare artists whose best work is actually thrilling. It exudes excitement, a physical emotion felt high in the chest. The paint itself is tangible in its color, weight and texture, and brush strokes move with a quick grace. Like Fechin; and Leon Gaspard, Goebel's color literally excites. All his works are characterized by the presence of physical energy. It is a very recognizable vibration that serves as Goebel's personal stamp, his signature." Southwest Art, Aug. 1983

"There are no really quiet Goebel paintings; they are all energized." ArtLines, Oct. 1983"

His output is prodigious, varied, color-filled and assertive. Every Rod Goebel painting is a new experience." Artists of the Rockies, Winter, 1984

"With art, you never know what's going to happen next. If you put on a stroke that's somehow off key, everything changes tumultuously. Most artists, most of the time, are in a state of insecurity because they are dealing with things outside of their own doing, reaching for something that they can't quite put their finger on, that something else there that makes it art. They don't quite know what it is or if they can do it."

"You want to put yourself in your work. You want to be able to say 'I did it this way because it was right for me' but getting to the point where you know what's right for you is a difficult thing. You can never learn how to do it by not doing it. Doing it is the greatest reward. When you hit certain notes that know are right, it's a real thrill. That's the spark that makes artists go. It's that physical thrill that propels them to do another one, to strive toward it. Those moments of the hit are there for a reason. If you didn't have those rewards, you wouldn't do it."

"Paintings have to have mystery in them. They should tell you that there is something mysterious about life, about the beauty of things. Why should people get excited about color or certain moods? They don't know why they receive that little spark that sets up a responsive echo in them. I'm telling you about that mystery in my work, and its purpose is to vibrate within you. The challenge is to get that feeling onto canvas.""I respond, first of all, to color. Always. It's a spark, an electric jolt. I see this beauty and 'pow,' I'm off on a canvas. Beauty, as subject matter, is something that hasn't been held in very high esteem by artists for a while. There has been too much emphasis on illustration and clever techniques. The bottom line is that beauty in art is a very difficult thing to achieve."

"Picasso has always been one of the artists who is like a guiding spirit for me. I have this instinctual sense of communication with Picasso, a feeling that what Picasso did is what I too am striving to do. With Picasso, above all, there is a constant energy and the ceaseless making of art. Everything grows from that! It is that push that generates a demand for continual movementchangedevelopmentgrowthwithin the work itself. Picasso explored whatever interested him at the time, mastered it to his satisfaction, and then moved on to the next thing. Now, for me, the mental and spiritual courage it took to do thisconservative human nature being what it almost always isis the most astounding aspect of this great artist's life. And, as it pertains to what I want to do with my own life and art, it is the most inspiring and sustaining factor. In the end, I believe we are rewarded not so much for the natural gifts we possessthough certainly you must be giftedbut really for honest work (in the fullest sense of both words) and continual self-challenge. In this, I emulate Picasso."

Source: Brody and White Gallery

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, II
A painter of the Southwestern landscape "in powerful colors, lights and shadows," Rod Goebel was born in Austin, Texas in 1946 and has been living in El Prado, New Mexico.

"I grew up in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado," he recalls. "I had an empathy with what I saw in nature as a child. It was a feeling that what I saw I could do. Some people ask how they can learn to paint. That was never a question I asked myself. I just painted because I wanted to—I have to."

When he was eighteen and had a brush with death, I began to paint seriously. Formal instruction started at the University of New Mexico, followed by the Colorado Institute of Art and private training in portraiture. "There is no end to learning about art," he observes, "especially color. I'm fascinated by color. I'm not an intellectual painter, but rather a physical or emotional one. Many of my paintings are based on intellectual concepts of color or design, but as soon as I begin to work, the intellectual process ends."

"There are many variables that affect how I will approach a particular subject. Sometimes a subject will suggest how it is to be painted. I don't take a literal interpretation of nature, but rather I rearrange it in a more perfect, idealized whole. My paintings are purely personal things. I feel a kind of physical tension in responding to beauty. I want people to feel what I feel, to feel by seeing, to see in their muscles."

Goebel was featured in "Southwest Art", August 1980. He is one of the Taos Six, believing that "Taos has always had a special quality about it."

"Contemporary Western Artists", by Peggy and Harold Samuels,1982 Judd's Inc., Washington, D.C.

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About  Rod Goebel

Born:  1946 - Austin, Texas
Died:   1993 - Taos, New Mexico
Known for:  landscape-floral-coastal, figure

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