Tim Goulding was born in Dublin in 1945 and grew up in Co. Wicklow. Largely self-taught as a painter, he moved to Allihies on the remote Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork in 1968, where he still lives and works.
Since the beginning of his career he has been inspired by nature, and the colour, texture and mood of his work is firmly rooted in the rugged coastlines, rocky outcrops, caves and old copper mines that populate the West Cork landscape. The semi-transparent jellyfish and quartz lines of recent work are abstracted and magnified, subtly coloured representations that symbolise Goulding's exploration of 'the perennial philosophy' of spirituality and the contradiction of the simultaneous duality and oneness of the material and spiritual, the figurative and abstract, the scientific and the poetic.
Tim Goulding represented Ireland at the 'Young Artists From Around the World' exhibition in New York in 1970, the 1971 Paris Biennale and the Cagnes-sur-Mer International art Fair in 1977.
He is a member of Aosdána. One-person exhibitions include shows with the Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff; the Lavit Gallery, Cork; and the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Goulding has also been included in group shows at the National Gallery of Ireland, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Boyle Arts Festival and Éigse Carlow Arts Festival. His work is included in the collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, the OPW, Teagasc, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ashmolean Library, Oxford.