John Good a Retrospective
Pastel Landscapes of the South • September 3-29

Artist Reception for John Good hosted September 11, 5:30-6:30pm

Known as “Duke” to friends and associates, John Wesley Good was born in Arkansas on October 3, 1951. The inception of his art career can be traced to a high school English assignment which required a book report. As fate would have it, Good chose Irving Stone’s “Lust For Life”, the biography of painter Vincent Van Gogh. So moved was Duke by the stirring account of the artist’s life that after spending twenty years as a musician, Duke returned to his first love and has been painting every since.

“I didn’t think I could do it”, says Good. “I thought art was something that was there or not, I had no idea that the ability to draw and paint could be learned.”

Good entered college in 1989 as a history major. He also enrolled in an art course, freehand drawing, to see if he had what it takes to become a serious artist. He took one art course a semester for three semesters, and with 90 hours as a history major, changed over to the art program. Good now holds three art degrees including the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis.

Artist’s Statement
“I have been involved in the objectification of my thoughts and feelings since about the age of thirteen, at first musically, and now visually. My work is a reflection of my love and appreciation of places on the earth which, by simply being there, have made me feel better about myself and the world in general. Just as songwriters write songs which tell about feelings or tell stories about their lives, my artwork is a chronicle of all those aspects of my life which I deem worthy of holding on to.”

Masters of Fine Arts, Memphis, Tn. June, 1997
Master of Arts, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ar. December, 1995
B.S. in Art Education, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Ar. May, 1994

Selected Exhibitions
1998 ” The Delta Series,” ASU Museum Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
1998 ” Rediscovering Our Rivers,” Arkansas Artists Registry Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas
1997 ” 3rd Annual Artist Of Northwest Arkansas,” Fall Regional Artist Exhibitions, Springdale
1997 ” Recent Works By J.W. Good,” Arts Center of the Grand Prairie, Stuttgart, Arkansas

Selected Collections
The University of Arkansas System Administration Arkansas Best Corporation, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Heritage Building Systems, N. Little Rock, Arkansas
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Little Rock, Arkansas
Al Hirt, New Orleans, Louisiana
Professional Builders, Pine Bluff, Arkansas The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Cooper Industries, Memphis, Tennessee
St. Vincent’s Infirmary, Little Rock, Arkansas

South Arkansas Arts Center