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Abstract Expressionists We Love: John Goetz

on April 24, 2023

John Goetz
Santa Monica, CA

Born in Switzerland and growing up in Montreal and Toronto, John Goetz now calls Santa Monica home. He is said to have started out in graphic design school, but felt confined by the rigidity of design, which ultimately led him to the freedom of Abstract Expressionism.

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'Revelier' and 'Huntington' by John Goetz.

There’s a lightness in Goetz’s paintings that I like. This can be explained by Goetz’s stated reason for painting—he paints because it makes him happy. I’m particularly drawn to Goetz’s more recent paintings, which are usually large (e.g., 96” x 72”) with bright and usually warm yet bold colors.

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John Goetz with his art.

His recent paintings consist of layers of gestural lines, thick and thin, that seem to express different tempos of life—sometimes playful and immediate, while other times calmer yet active, like the busy life in the background of any street scene. And it’s these lines that fill the paintings with movement, expressing raw human emotions and a sense of exuberance.

Check out more of John Goetz’s work:


Pete Stein

Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.

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