Mike Godard: I love a number of things about his work. I love his sense of humor with the cocktails, martinis, cigars, gambling, etc. I always laugh when I look at them and especially when I read the title of his work. I’m looking at his website right now and he has a painting in his new releases section of a martini glass on fire with a little satin like olive flying around it and the painting is entitled “Hell of a Martini.” And another one of a strawberry taking a bath filled with champagne entitled “Bubbly Bath.” I love it. He is definitely the type of artist who is good at putting a smile on people’s faces when that are feeling low.
I also love the way he paints and plans out each piece. I love the black backgrounds and how he uses his bright colors to make each subject stand out, as well as the never-ending detail in them. There is so much detail to the point where you don’t know where to begin observing it, just like the works by artists Alex Grey and Thomas Woodruff. And his subjects have earned him a unique image in the art world.
Justin Bua: I love his subjects of African American and hip hop culture. It’s interesting when you look at art and you can tell where the artist’s inspiration is coming from. He’s basically like the 50 Cent of the art world. Mike Godard has been considered the Motley Crue of the art world.
As far as his style and technique go I love how in some of his pieces he paints using the style of some of the old masters. In his painting of the mixed martial arts fight, I can see a little bit of George Belows. It’s interesting when artists paint modern day subjects using old styles. It’s almost like artists like Monet or Cézanne time traveled into the future to paint just that.
It seems like in the world of fine arts most think that it’s about nothing but still lives, abstracts, landscapes, portraits, etc., and these two artists prove that wrong, which is why I love them so much. That was the main problem I had in art school.
H.R. Giger: Just like in Mike Godard's work when I mentioned the never-ending amount of tiny detail, H.R. Giger does just that. And after reading where his inspiration comes from which is his insomnia from those very disturbing images in his mind, it immediately reminded me of the disturbing thoughts that run through my head from my traumatic experiences over the years. We both see the world in similar ways.
I also think that it’s amazing how artists can gain a reputation with more than one medium. He does painting, sculpture, furniture and jewelry design.