Einstein & The Jealous Monk

In 2004, Chris Gollon began working on a series of paintings partially inspired by the lyrics and imagery in Bob Dylan’s great ballad Desolation Row (1964). They were shown by IAP Fine Art in Cork St, in two exhibitions Einstein & The Jealous Monk (I) in late 2004, and Einstein & The Jealous Monk (II) in early 2005. Gollon’s images of Einstein came to the attention of the Institute of Physics, London, to promote Einstein Year 2005. The largest work of the exhibition was partially inspired by these lyrics from Desolation Row:

“Einstein dressed as Robin Hood
With his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago
With his friend The Jealous Monk (…)

You would not think to look at him
But he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin
On Desolation Row…”

This major work by was purchased by Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2005. Celebrating Einstein Year 2005, it was unveiled in autumn 2005 and shown with Sir Jacob Epstein’s bust of Einstein, also owned by the Museum. Gollon’s painting now forms part of the Museum’s permanent collection alongside major works by Sir Jacob Epstein, Walter Sickert, L.S. Lowry and Francis Bacon.


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Einstein & The Jealous Monk

60” x 48” (152 x 122cms) acrylic on canvas 2004 Huddersfield Art Gallery