October 16, 2015 - May 22, 2016
Philadelphia artist Yis Goodwin, aka “Nosego,” is an
illustrator, painter, and street artist whose work masterfully blends realism with
cartoonish and anthropomorphic elements to create imaginative creatures of
whimsy. Goodwin’s unique amalgam of imagery is other-worldly, yet his
characters are rooted in an eccentric familiarity. He has described his work as
being similar to the visual sensation of “looking into a jumbled, disorganized
toy box,” where piled-high toys are tangled and intertwined making it hard to
discern one from the other. That is a perfect description of Goodwin’s artwork.
His individual toy-like creatures are a fantasy-filled visual adventure where
so many unrelated elements meld together to create highly detailed, precisely
painted, somehow unified compositions.
In addition to painting on canvas and wood panels, Goodwin is
also known for his large-scale street art. He began painting on exterior walls
because he wanted his art to be seen publicly and to enliven the everyday urban
experience. He soon discovered that his street art had the ability to brighten
someone’s day, which has motivated him to continue to paint on walls. Today,
his street art can be seen throughout Philadelphia and around the world
including Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Canada, and Mexico.
Goodwin has said, “I paint what the kid in me would approve
of. My work is just meant to be fun.” That
he has accomplished.