Artists on Film – John Golding: A Path to the Absolute

Directed by Bruno Wollheim, 2016, 43 mins

John Golding who died in 2012 was an abstract painter though today he is better known as an eminent art historian, teacher, curator and critic. This documentary presents a life and art in precarious balance, exploring through his friends, ex-students and colleagues the turbulent evolution of his painting and the creative tensions within a divided life. His pictures move from violent Mexican-influenced figuration to large-scale hard-edge abstraction and then to increasing painterliness, reflecting a cultural moment when the stakes in painting were never higher. They mirror too his search for an artistic form to express, contain and sometimes veil a troubled nature. The director will be in attendance at this screening and will give a short introduction to the film.