The Good Life

The good life, performance video, 2017

Installation view, The Good Life, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, 2017

The watercolors that underpin Groobey’s current body of work were made on the road. Some of the characters were created in Germany and in Big Sur, California. But it was travelling to the South of France that bore out the notion of the good life. Encountering the bleach white light of the Luberon and the joie de vivre of her French companions, Groobey found herself asking the questions: “What is the good life?”, “Am I living it?” and, if not, “What kind of activities might lead to the good life?”

Her characters are active, busying themselves, trying to live their lives well. They are striving towards goals, reading books, exercising, hunting for treasures, and skinny dipping. But as the characters go in search of the good life, their quest is, at times, thwarted by excess, obsession, and anxiety. Groobey’s characterizations are humorous and truthful, illustrating our various attempts at self-improvement and ways we might stumble along the way.

 

Ever Gold Projects, 2017

The good life, watercolour on paper, sketchbook view, 2016

Ranger Khayyer, A4 watercolour on paper, 2016

Kiss me Kate, A4 watercolour on paper, 2016

The good life, oil on canvas, 175 x 145 cm, 2017

Big hot woman, oil on canvas, 162 x 130cm, 2017

High horse, oil on canvas, 175 x 145 cm, 2017

Treasure hunt, oil on canvas, 175 x 145, 2017

Holding, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm, 2017

Ranger Khayyer, oil on canvas, 185 x 145 cm, 2017

Skinny dipper, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2017 

Coffee time, 146 x 114 cm, 2017

With special thanks to

Jackson And His Computer Band

Ever Gold Projects

 © 2019 Kate Groobey

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