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W e consider a r t i s t J e r e m i a h G o o d m a n the prophet of fabulous i n t e r i o r s . After all, his magnificent illustrations spread the gospel of Diana Vreeland's garden in hell living room and Betsy Bloomingdale's chinoiserie drawing room. He painted the rooms of Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff, Bruce Weber, Tony Duquette, Cecil Beaton, Elsie de Wolfe, Mary Wells Lawrence and multitudes of other style setters during a career of 70 years, that lasted until his death in 2017. His brushstrokes gave a sweeping, cinematic feel to rooms, playing with shadow and light, bringing them to life and allowing their spirit to shine. Dean Rhys Morgan, proprietor of Dean Rhys Morgan Works on Paper, which includes a trove of Jeremiah Goodman original drawings as well as limited-edition giclée prints, will appear at Texas Design Week Dallas for a discussion about the life and works of Jeremiah Goodman and a book signing of his lavish tome, Jeremiah: Inspired Interiors (PowerHouse Books), at the Ralph Lauren boutique in Highland Park Village. An exhibition of both original framed illustrations and giclée prints will be on view and for sale. Rhys Morgan, who spent nine years working with Goodman, and began this book project with him, completed the book on his own after Goodman's death. As he worked on the book solo, he repeated to himself Goodman's mantra: "Things should look as if they couldn't have existed any other way." In the lavish book published last fall, which has an introduction by Nicky Haslam, foreword by Elsa Peretti, and an afterword by Miles Redd, Rhys Morgan asked Goodman if he knew right away how he would translate a room into a painting; the illustrator replied, "The truth is that it's more about a private memory in my mind than the actuality of it. I have always felt that one's memory of a room is more accurate than a photograph. A portrait of a room should express the personality of the person who lives there, whose character has shaped it. Many people think of a room as an entity in itself, but they're mistaken. A room is never static. It is constantly undergoing changes: it looks different by night, by day, by electric light. Even the people in it and what they wear, the colors, the fabrics, all affect the feeling of a room. I try to come up with a dramatic quality that befits the clients' lives, that is their statement, not mine. That has always been the way I have thought of rooms — in terms of their spirit." Dean Rhys Morgan will appear at Texas Design Week Dallas, Monday, October 7, 11 am, at the Ralph Lauren boutique in Highland Park Village, for an illustrated discussion of Jeremiah Goodman's works, exhibition and sale of Jeremiah Goodman illustrations, and a book signing of his lavish Jeremiah tome. The exhibition will consist of exquisite, limited-edition giclée prints, signed, dated and numbered by Goodman, as well as original works. For complete TXDW Dallas schedule and to purchase tickets, go to THE ILLUSTRATED WORLD OF JEREMIAH GOODMAN THE LUSCIOUS WORKS OF THE REVERED INTERIORS ARTIST ARE ON THEIR WAY TO TEXAS DESIGN WEEK DALLAS BY ANNE LEE PHILLIPS

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