Daan van Golden developed his style in Japan in 1963. Having previously painted abstract-expressionistic works, between 1963 and 1965 in Japan he refined a technique that involved Japanese enamel paints and enabled him to give his works an unimagined colourfulness and presence. He began painting textile and paper patterns with extreme precision and at an almost meditative speed. His models included tablecloths, fabrics and packaging. He generally focussed on everyday items which he experienced in his surroundings, transferring them to an artistic context in his unique way and thereby unifying life and art.
Van Golden is often linked with Pop Art or Minimal Art, but in fact his art hovered between all these tendencies and positions. It was frequently exhibited in the same context, to which he was considered to be formally suited. But at the same time, he clearly pointed up the limits of the respective stylistic trend.