Golde White Biography

Golde White




Limited information is found on the painter and printmaker Golde White, a British national who was born in Barbados in 1890. She worked in oils, watercolors, and color woodcut, and was an active proponent of providing art education and supporting freedom of expression in distant communities throughout the world. She traveled frequently and lived in Guyana in the late 1930's and early '40s, where she was a member of the British Guyana Arts and Crafts Society for a time, eventually returning to Barbados in 1943. By the end of her life in 1977 White was considered one of the 20th century's leading Barabadian artists, helping to bring attention to the talents of the island nation.

Among White's frequent subject matter were the architectural and landscape features of the places she visited, such as the bridges of Venice and the Alps, as well as the people of her home in Barbados. Her work is held in the collections of the Barbados Art Museum, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, among others.