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John Golding an abstract fusion of cultures in art

by Viridiana Marin

John Golding, celebrated as one of the great abstract painters of the twentieth century, possessed a profound connection to Mexico that infused his artistry with cultural richness. Golding’s upbringing in the vibrant landscape of Mexico City, coupled with his Mexican lineage as the great-great-great-grandson of someone born in Mexico, has left an indelible mark on his creative journey.

Amidst his illustrious career, Golding’s identity and creative journey were deeply intertwined with his Mexican heritage. Born in Hastings, England, Golding was whisked away to Mexico at a tender age of two weeks old. Raised bilingual in Spanish and English, his upbringing was marked by a profound sense of cultural dislocation—a result of navigating between American and Mexican educational systems, each with its own distinct approach.

Golding’s artworks reflect a dialogue with his heritage—a poignant exploration of his familial ties, childhood memories, and the cultural landscapes that shaped his worldview. His paintings, imbued with layers of meaning and symbolism, serve as a testament to the complexities of identity and belonging. Through his art, Golding engaged in a profound conversation with figures like Orozco, Paz, Carrington, and Gerzso, weaving together threads of influence from his diverse experiences across Mexico, England, the United States, and Canada.

The John Golding Artistic Trust and Messums Org proudly unveil two upcoming retrospective, showcasing the brilliance of John Golding! “John Golding: De México a Londres” coming to Mexico May 9 – July 28, 2024, inviting you to explore the Anglo-Mexican artist’s profound impact on the modern art discourse.

As Mexico prepares to welcome Golding’s works, let us embrace this moment as an opportunity to delve into the intricate tapestry of cultural exchange and artistic expression where Golding’s art will serve as a connection, bridging the narratives from Mexico to London.

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