• by Vanessa Werring

Albert Goodspeed

At first glance, Albert Goodspeed’s paintings appear entirely conceptual. His concerns seemingly lie within color relationships, surface texture, and overall composition. Upon closer investigation however our original perception shifts: we are transported into a landscape where we find ourselves directed by vigorous brush strokes and chromatic intensity.

While Goodspeed’s work certainly has impressionistic qualities, there

is a substantiality in it that makes it difficult to categorize. Through a process of reworking his paintings over a period of months (sometimes years), the artist creates a foundation upon which his landscapes are solidly anchored.

Godspeed is committed not only to his process but also his personal style and subject matter. In an article titled: “The New York School Abstract Expressionists: A life in Color”, he is described as “…a painter who created a substantive body of work over a period of more than forty years. Goodspeed's paintings have a creative continuity across the decades that articulates his painterly concentration on color and expressiveness.”

Albert Goodspeed’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. His paintings have also been exhibited locally in the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

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