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Holleran Gallery: A Dual Exhibition of Works by Dolya Goutman & Scott Davidson Opening Reception
September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
On Exhibit September 9 – October 22, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 9 from 5-7 PM
Doyla Goutman was born in the Caucasus by the Black Sea in Tsarist, Russia in 1915 and died in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 2001. A prolific painter, Goutman’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia and are part of museum collections around the world.
A child prodigy, Goutman commenced his formal art training in Russia at the age of five, and continued as his family emigrated to Latvia, Holland and finally, in 1931, to the United States. After completing studies under Boris Anisfeld at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1940, Goutman won a Travelling Fellowship which tool him to Mexico for two years, where he came to know the great Mexican muralists, Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orazco, and for a period of time, lived with David Sequiros and his wife.
Returning to America, Goutman settled in Los Angeles, California, where he became an art director at Columbia Pictures and RKO Studios, and painted portraits of many Hollywood stars, such as Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and others. During the war, Goutman served in the United States Army, first connected with the USO and “Hollywood Canteen,” providing art therapy for wounded soldiers, and then overseas, in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Germany and Austria.
Goutman met and married New York actress Lois Claire in 1947 Goutman teaching, 1954 and moved to Bryn Mawr, where he became A1t Department Chair at Harcum Junior College. In 1952, Goutman joined the faculty of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, where he served as head of the Painting Department and taught until his retirement in 1985. Also in 1952, Goutman received his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995, Goutman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Moore College of Art and Design.
Like the peripatetic refugee always on the move, Goutman never sat still artistically. His artistic temprament was too restless, inquisitive, and self-critical to paint the same painting over and over again. Throughout his life, Goutman spent hours re-examining the works of his favorite painters: Titian, Tinteretto, Ourer, Vander Wyden, Rembrandt, Reubens, Velasquez, El Greco, Goya, Delacroix, Constable, Cezanne, Yan Gough, Degas, Picasso, Bonnard, Kokoshka, Schiele, Klimt, Klee, Miro, Bacon and so on. Out of all that came very different ways of communicating essentially the same subject matter: the human figure, landscapes, and later in life, abstractions.
In the 1930s, the human figure was depicted with pencil and paper with a graceful literalness. In the 40’s and 50’s, the human figure’s features became disto1ted, the mood one of conflict and tension, the surface, heavily pigmented oil. In the 1960’s, the figure was depicted with household enamel paint dripped onto particle board or canvas. In the early 1970’s, Goutman’s paintings were characterized by flat acrylic surfaces and a greatly simplified visual vocabulary. In the late 1970′ s, Goutman returned to brush and oils, and painting portraits. In the 1980’s and 90′ s, Goutman
continued to use largely acrylics, but in a less decorative manner. The 1990′ s saw va1iations and syntheses of what had come before and challenging discoveries of new artistic territory.
What did all of these styles have in common? A clean and colorful palette. A fearless brushstroke that spoke both of precision and energy. And, perhaps foremost, a generosity of spirit. There is nothing cynical, smug, or nihilistic about Goutman’s work. He invested much of himself in his subjects. Goutman’s belief in the legitimacy and dignity of his subject matter, and the visual intelligence of his audience, finds expression in every single one of his paintings.
Scott M. Davidson
Scott M. Davidson is an artist and university teacher who lives in Birdsboro, PA. His artistic expressions consist of wood turnings, oil paintings, sketches, and playing classical piano. When not in his home studio, he can be found serving Alvernia University as a faculty member in the Department of Humanities. As a teacher who is moored academically in various scholarly concerns within the disciplines of Theology and Philosophy, Scott brings to his art several key principles. First, guided by a fascination with transcendental aesthetics, he attempts to use proportion to engage others with a sense of original beauty. Second, and as important, he aspires to use multivarious forms, textures, and colors to elicit pleasure and tranquility among those who encounter his art.
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