Mark Goings

Born: Oakland, CA, 1954
Resides: Vallejo, CA
Education: 1973-78 American River College, Sacramento, CA


2012 “First Look”, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming)
2011 “No Tricks”, OK Harris Gallery New York, NY
1985 “New Work”, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1984 “New Work”, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2012 “Photorealism”, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
2012 Sumer Group Exhibition “All In”, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY
2012 “Seeing Red”, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY
2011 “San Francisco Art Fair”, San Francisco, CA (upcoming)
2011 “Chicago Art Fair”, Chicago, IL (upcoming)
2011 “March Show” Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 “New Artists, New Work” Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 “Winter Group Show” Plus One Gallery, London
2009 “Winter Group Show” Plus One Gallery, London
2008 “Group Show” Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005 “ICB Winter Open Studios”, Sausalito, CA
1987 “Fall Exhibition”, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1986 “Bank of America Corporate Offices”, San Francisco, CA
1985 “Group Show”, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1977-78 “The Sacramento Bus Bench Show”, Sacramento, CA
1974 “Art Off The Wall” The International Peasant, Arcata, CA
1974 “Annual Student Show” American River College, Sacramento, CA

“Artist of the Month” – Louise Buyo, Art Calendar Magazine – September Issue
“New Artists, New Work: show at Hespe Gallery – Stephanie Wright Hession, SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle) – December 9th, 2010
1984 Art: From the Abstract to Auto biographical – Ellen Schlesinger, Sacramento Bee-April 15, 1984

Russ Solomon, Sacramento, CA
Linda Murtha, Sacramento, CA
Jeff Lopez, San Rafael, CA
Ralph and Shanna Goings, Santa Cruz, CA
Cameron and Ed Lorenz, Oneonta, CA
Denise Kline, Marin, CA
Kevin and Kathryn Goings, Sacramento, CA
Stacy Griggs, Marin, CA
Tom Menton, Vallejo, CA
Michelle and Jerry Barsotti, Sacramento, CA



Though I was heavily influenced by my father’s work and studied realism painting in college, I began my artistic career as an abstract painter. It wasn’t until I moved from San Francisco to the small Bay Area town of Vallejo that I became inspired to take up photorealism painting again. The stucco houses, shabby strip malls and all the trappings of this working class town remind me of the realist movement in California in it’s heyday of which I am very fond.

The scenes I paint are often found in people’s driveways and front yards so I don’t spend a lot of time trying to compose the perfect photograph. Rather,I take “snapshots” from the window of my pickup truck as I drive through the streets and neighborhoods of Vallejo. I believe that this method of gathering imagery for my paintings gives my work a spontaneity and energy that I couldn’t achieve if I tried to contrive the scene otherwise.

My paintings generally have a central object of interest but the surrounding artifacts are every bit as important to the overall narrative. These secondary elements not only help to to inform the central object, they give the scene a sense of place and time which is essential in my work.

I am aware that one might want to find social commentary in my work and that’s fine but I make no conscious effort to put that forward. I’m much more interested in the image overall and the artistic process of transforming the 3 dimensional world into 2 dimensions through the marks I choose to make on the painting surface – In other words, I paint these things because I like to paint these things.

Mark Goings 2011