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Ripe Cotton

Ripe Cotton

Rolland Golden
Lithoraph 56/250
Paper: 22" x 26.5" Image: 16" x 20"

ROLLAND GOLDEN, nationally recognized artist, resides in Folsom, LA. Golden is listed in many art directories, including WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART and has won countless awards from new York to California. He has had over 100 one-man shows in galleries, cultural centers and museums in the US, as well as one-man touring exhibitions (Invitationals) and, notably, in the (former) USSR in 1976-77, and in France 1993-95. Golden's works are in countless private and corporate collections in the US and abroad and also many museums, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Golden is a member of many important national art organizations, including the National Arts Club in New York (First Place winner 3 times). He has also juried many prestigious exhibitions.

"I remembered as a child seeing people, mostly black - but not all - picking cotton. Until the early 1970's, I had never walked through a field of blossoming cotton. In that year I produced a series of paintings entitled "End of the Cotton Season". "Ripe Cotton" was inspired by a trip we took to
northern Mississippi in early January. Some fields of cotton were unpicked and others partially picked, residue after the machine had passed through the field. It seemed appropriate to foil the cotton in front of an abandoned shack. Its service, as well as the people who lived in it were no longer needed. Technology had replaced humans, speedy and less xpensive. But, I doubt any cotton balls would have remained, if humans were responsible for the pickin'."