The Abstract Style Of Dr. Goldman

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Nature inspires Albert Goldman as he hikes Arizona trails. His work ranges from realistic to abstract. He has done a series of six paintings from his treks along the East Verde River.

As an internist at Mount Sinai hospital in Chicago, Albert Goldman carried a knife and a stone in his pocket.

When he had a moment, he would carve small figurines, a progression from his boyhood days copying the Sunday comics and painting with watercolors.

Goldman's career as a pediatrician did not leave him much time for art, then, in 1979, he made the commitment to himself to paint seriously.

He started with abstracts.

"I am primarily self-taught. I went to workshops at Emerson Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. I asked my instructors, should I go back to art school?" Goldman said.

He followed their advice, ‘No, don't. It will screw you up. Just continue as you are doing.'

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Albert Goldman will be at Down the Street Art Gallery all day Thursday, Nov. 1 and during his reception, Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"I find abstract painting more exciting because it is all coming from inside me. It is not necessarily inspired by exterior forces," he said.

Single, indigenous plants grow from a vibrant abstract background in many of his works.

"Abstract art can be representational, or not. It doesn't deal with the reality of what you are really looking at. It may be just a colorful line. A tree does not have to look like a tree."

From abstracts, Goldman swung into surrealism.

"Surrealistic art has a reality to it, but it is not really existent in the form in which you, as the artist, are showing it," Goldman said.

In the 1980s, he added realism to his growing list of styles.

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Albert Goldman's vibrant surrealistic paintings are prominently featured this month at Down the Street Art Gallery.

If Goldman is going to be out in nature a long while, he will often paint on-site. If not, out comes his camera or sketchbook.

"Painting is usually done in isolation and does not involve other people," he said.

Except, he has enjoyed teaching children and sharing a bit in his son's college art experience.

Once, while he and a few adults were painting at a workshop, some children came over to see what the adults were doing.

"They wanted to see how to see our paintings and how we got the effects we wanted. It became a multi-age group. Kids are wonderful," he said.

Many years ago when Goldman's son came home from college during a Thanksgiving holiday, he began playing with his dad's paints and brushes.

"I saw he was interested, so later I sent him supplies. He went on to be an art instructor," Goldman said.

In turn, his son shared ceramics.

"I like clay, but it's not for me," Goldman said.

Goldman retired in 1991. He has been painting, gardening and hiking ever since.

"There is so much in Arizona to see," he said.

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