John Golding (1929-2012) was a well-known and significant abstract artist, art historian and curator. He was born in Hastings, East Sussex although he was brought up in Mexico where he came to know the English Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. Golding took his degree at Toronto University and returned to London to undertake his MA at the Courtauld Institute. In 1953 he visited the major show of Cubist Art in Paris which led ultimately to his standard work of reference ‘Cubism: A History and an Analysis, 1907–1914’ published initially in 1959 with later revisions. He taught history of art at the Courtauld Institute 1962–81 and was subsequently senior tutor in the painting school at the Royal College of Art. In 2000 he became professor of art history at the Royal Academy. As a painter his first solo show was at Gallery One in London 1962. In 1974 he was included in the Hayward Annual, British Painting show selected by Andrew Forge. In the 1980s he had several one-man shows in leading galleries, including Rowan Gallery in London, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Mayor Gallery, London. His paintings are held in a number of important public collections including The Tate Gallery, Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, Hunterian Art Gallery Glasgow, National Galleries of Scotland, Southampton City Art Gallery, and The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.