Houston, Texas— Blending science, spirituality, philosophy and geometry, Michael Golden creates artwork in a variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, drawing and on-site installations. His exhibition, Leaning on Air, opens at the Beeville Art Museum on Saturday, September 15, 2018, noon-2:00. The artist will be in attendance.
Diagnosed with blindness in his right eye at birth, Michael Golden has a distinctly unique way of looking at his surroundings, seeing the world as flat and two-dimensional. His love of nature and his own personal experiences and influences have resulted in a design concept based on “sacred geometry,” the symbolic and sacred patterns found in nature, which provides the foundation for all of his compositions.
“There are healing qualities in sacred geometry and I use those patterns as background for many of my paintings, especially the ones featuring birds,” says Golden. “The birds, butterflies, and other symbols often grab the viewer’s attention and the sacred patterns connect somewhere on a subconscious level.”
For over 25 years, Michael Golden was an art professor, and managed the Art Gallery at Houston Community College Central. Golden also curated exhibits for several Houston spaces and served on the boards of non-profits, while at the same time making his own art. Two years ago, he retired from teaching and currently works out of his Houston studio at Spring Street Studios.
Golden graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and the University of Illinois at Urbana with a master’s degree in fine arts, specializing in printmaking. In addition to exhibiting in Texas, his work has been shown in New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Toronto and featured in museums, corporate, and private collections across the country. Golden’s paintings have been featured in two issues of New American Painting.
The Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of Bee County and surrounding areas. Cited by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “great small towns for art,” Beeville, with a population of approximately 13,000, is home to one of the most ambitious art and educational programs in Texas. In addition to exhibiting works by some of Texas’s most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Art Museum provides docent-led tours and art classes for children and adults and workshops for Beeville educators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The Beeville Art Museum, located at 401 E. Fannin, is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.