“Beyond Vivid,” a collection of important late works on paper by acclaimed Louisiana artist Rolland Golden will open on Saturday, May 4, 2019. A preview with the artist’s family will be held on Friday, May 3 from 5-8pm at Mac-Gryder Gallery, 615 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA. On view through May 31, 2019.
Rolland Golden was born in New Orleans in 1931 and attended the John McCrady School of Art in the French Quarter in the 1950s following his Navy service during the Korean War.
Golden’s six-decade-long career has been distinguished by numerous awards and accolades, including the Louisiana Legends award, presented in 2012. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presented a retrospective of his career in 2012.
The works in this exhibition are paintings Golden made after a health diagnosis made him aware that his painting days were numbered. They are painted freely, with tremendous affection for his subjects, in vibrant colors that express his joie de vivre and passion for living.
As a disciple of John McCrady, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League of New York, Golden’s early fundamental training stressed draftsmanship and mastery of composition, scale, perspective, and color. As a result, Golden’s voice emerged with a firm grounding in realism, but a deliberate departure into a self-described “borderline surrealism” characterized by a slight stylization, vivid use of color and frequent symbolism.
In 1976, Golden was selected to represent the United States in a touring exhibition to Soviet Russia. This groundbreaking cultural exchange brought Golden international acclaim and opened doors for him to exhibit nationally and abroad frequently in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2005 and 2006, Golden embarked on a major series of work about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. These paintings were heralded by E. John Bullard, then-director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, as the ‘most significant body of work to come out of that event.’
Rolland Golden retired from painting in 2015. His art remains some of the most exciting modern realism to come out of New Orleans in this century. For more information, contact Jill McGaughey at the Mac-Gryder Gallery (504) 322-2555 – located at 615 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.