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Rolland Golden

(American, b. 1931 - 2019)

Available works by Rolland Golden

Artist Biography

Acclaimed southern artist Rolland Golden has earned a place in the canon of American masters.  

Born in New Orleans and trained under notable artist and instructor John McCrady (whose own artistic lineage traces to the Art Student’s League of New York and his teacher Thomas Hart Benton), Golden’s career has spanned six decades.  In 1976 he was chosen as the American realist painter to represent the United States on a tour of soviet Russia.  He has received dozens of awards and accolades, and in 2014 he was honored with an exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  

Golden’s longevity and success as an artist can be attributed to his unique melding of tradition and modernity. Grounded in the deep fundamental training of his academy days, he departs from literal realism toward a self-named ‘borderline surrealism’ in his oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings.  This is not the melting clocks of Dali or the fruit-heads of Magritte; Golden’s surrealism has a soft, dreamlike quality that tugs on the imagination and transports the viewer – all in service of his desire to provoke a heightened emotional experience.  

Golden’s work also melds emotion with intellect, rewarding thoughtful viewers with a tapestry of rich details and symbolism.  His landscapes often feature exaggerated proportions of foreground to background, creating lengthy vanishing points as a metaphor for life’s journey.  He makes liberal use of roads and road-signs as visual motifs, as well as weather-beaten fences and barns structures.  He has portrayed the changing facets of the French Quarter and the New Orleans riverfront with an insider’s eye, showing it to us in fresh yet timeless ways.

Fundamentally optimistic, Golden balances despair with hope, decay with beauty and power with delicacy.  His extensive body of work suggests a fullness rather than emptiness of spirit, and conveys his deep affection for his subjects.  His bold yet restrained style has appealed to collectors for the past six decades and will stand the test of time for countless more to come.     

Museum collections: Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia; Bon Encontre Cultural Center, France; New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; The National Arts Club, New York, NY; Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO; Morris Museum of Fine Art, Augusta, GA; Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS; Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA; and others.

Corporate collections: Louisiana’s Art in Public Places, City of New Orleans, New Orleans International Airport, Diamond B Construction, Central Louisiana Arts Center, Ochsner Foundation, New Orleans Art Association, Baton Rouge Art Association, Unifirst Bank & Savings, Pfizer, Inc. Alabama Power Company, Columbia Pictures, Cox Communications, Louisiana Bank & Trust, Plymouth Savings Bank, Mississippi Bank, City National Bank of Baton Rouge, Deposit Guaranty Bank, MS, First National Bank of Commerce, Chism Bank, TX, Central Louisiana Arts Center. 

Awards: Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award (2017); Louisiana Legends (2014); National Watercolor Society, CA (Grumbacher Purchase Award; Winsor Newton Cash Award; Cartwheel Cash Award; Brugger Cash Award; Helga Hansen Memorial Cash Award); National Arts Club NY (First Place (3)), N.A.C. Second Place (2); President’s Award, One-man Show; Grumbacher Silver Medal; Grumbacher Gold Medal); American Watercolor Society, NY (Paul Remmey A.W.S. Memorial Award); Allied Artists of America (Gloria Benson Stacks Award); and others.

Recent Press


New Orleans Museum of Art

Remembering Rolland Golden


WWL Video

Remembering Artist Rolland Golden


Louisiana Painter Rolland Golden Dies at 87


Inside Publications

Life, Love and Art: Rolland Golden



Tricentennial Moments: Artist Rolland Golden

With over 100 one-man shows in galleries and museums around the US and showings in France and the former Soviet Union, artist Rolland Golden's art is collected and admired around the world.

Louisiana Legends: Rolland Golden

Rolland Golden Louisiana Legends Interview & short documentary 2015 - LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING