Artist Gary Godbee’s “Clarity of Form” Exhibit at FDU

Teaneck, NJ (March 9, 2009) — “Clarity of Form,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Gary Godbee, opens March 30 at FDU’s Edward Williams Gallery, 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ. Free and open to the public, the gallery hours are Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30a.m.–2:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 1, 2009.

Godbee’s paintings are reflections of a visual world that often goes unnoticed.  He looks for something surprising and works to capture one essential pebble of truth.

“Sometimes the silhouette of a tower against the sky or some unexpected flash of light in the landscape will create the moment of recognition that I want to express.  The genesis for all of my paintings comes from the basic desire to share these little epiphanies,” he said.

Godbee’s paintings are based on an idea that grows out of his direct experience and are his attempt to create a painterly, personal equivalent for the immediate visual world. He often incorporates industrial or architectural forms in a specific natural setting.  A recurring theme is the contradiction between the man-made and the natural.

“Although the majority of my landscape paintings are photo-based, I remember being mildly horrified the first time someone said to me, with great admiration, ‘Your painting looks just like a picture!’ At first, this compliment  baffled me until I realized that my painting impressed this admirer as being almost photographic, like a ‘picture’.”

His work has been shown in the J. Cacciola Gallery and Cudahy’s Gallery in New York City, in many venues throughout New Jersey as well as in Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  

Godbee earned his BFA in painting from Boston University School of Fine Arts. He teaches at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, the Montclair Art Museum School and the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster. He has also held teaching positions at the Academy of Realist Art in Santa Fe, NM and the Art Student’s League in New York City.

There is a reception for the artist in conjunction with All Seasons Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, April 5 beginning at 2 p.m.

For Immediate Release

Office of Public Relations
Metropolitan Campus
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Gretchen Johnson
201 692 7032
Melissa Payton
201 692 7034

Office of Public Relations
College at Florham
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Scott Giglio
973 443 8756
Lillian Lukac
973 443 8661