"My abstractions echo our complexity and mystery as we navigate through contemporary culture, while questioning what it means to be human in the natural world."
Maureen Golgata's paintings bring a deeper meaning and understanding of humanity's role in the natural world. Her work questions our perceptions of what it means to be human and how it shapes our lives. Golgata's bold abstractions delve into our world and inner selves through gestural drawings. Intimate and vulnerable moments become stories told through line. As in life, the poetic and lyrical negotiate for dominance with the chaotic and turbulent on her canvas surface. The initial impulse of the drawing guides layers of paint and mark-making to evolve into a more meaningful whole. Fragments of drawings that remain exposed generate a visual history, as well as those buried beneath the paint, meeting solace in their concealment.
Captivated by how we navigate in today's climate, Golgata's recent painting style has transitioned from classical realism to abstract expressionism. She uses acrylic, oil, and mixed media elements to develop an expansive body of work that evokes nuances of the human experience. Her technical groundwork developed under Master Painter Paul Ingbretson, in Manchester, New Hampshire, follows the teachings of The Boston School Painters, whose roots date back to 19th century Paris. She received her BA in Studio Art from Framingham University, Massachusetts in addition to further exploration of color and design at The Fashion Institute of Design in NYC.
Recently featured in Cube Art Fair, during Art Basel week Miami, 2021, her works can also be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist