Painting / Printmaking
In Doug Goessman’s current work, there is a focus on the relationship between pop and abstraction. In these mixed-media paintings the use of a familiar icon such as Uncle Sam can through a variety of mediums set a tone as to where the general idea of the image is transformed into taking on unintended roles. He does this primarily through his choice of colors and how each play within each other to set a different mood or tone. By reversing a technique American artists developed in response to abstract expressionism in which imagery and ideas of popular culture were infused into abstraction, Goessman does the opposite by infusing abstraction into pop which creates a dynamic and uniform body of work that remains true to the proto-pop movement of the mid 20th century.
Goessman, a native of Chicago, attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL receiving a degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Printmaking. At WIU, he was fortunate to have studied under some influential artists, most notably to him, Fred Jones. Jones, an internationally recognized landscape artist had a profound effect on Goessman, “He did not just teach me art, lot’s of people teach art, most importantly he taught me how to be an artist. It was not important what I did, what mattered was that I did it correctly.” Other than the direct influences, Goessman credits artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol as his greatest influences. “They were just a product of my environment, as a child I could relate to their work as I was seeing this type of stuff everyday on the streets, it is all about color and simplicity."
After college Goessman briefly returned to Chicago working as a designer and screen printer while his art career was developing. Early on in his career, he was recognized as one of Chicago’s top Emerging Artists and was listed by various sources as an artist to watch. After a short time in Graduate School to study Art Therapy, Goessman moved to the Peoria area to work as a Graphic Designer for the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois where he worked for nearly 14 years.
Since 2004, Goessman has maintained his studio at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. He is recognized for his use of alternative and experimental printmaking techniques as well as his Pop-Abstract style. His work is supported in the Chicago area, regionally and internationally, and is also in several private art collections and among those in the permanent collections of galleries, libraries & schools.
Goessman resides in Pekin, Illinois and shares his life with his two children, Shea (10) and Addison (2) as well as three pets: a Bloodhound, Basset Hound and Cat. He currently has an alter-career as an art teacher but also does freelance design while still maintaining a full-time art career.