Stations of the Cross

In 2000, Chris Gollon was commissioned by the Church of England to paint fourteen Stations of the Cross for the Church of St John on Bethnal Green, a grade-one listed church designed by Sir John Soane and situated next to the Museum of Childhood in East London. Gollon took the unusual step of using his own son as the model for Jesus, his daughter as Mary, and his wife as Veronica. Fr Alan Green is cast as Nicodemus, and David Tregunna (Gollon’s friend and agent) as Joseph of Arimathea. The juxtaposition of real figures with imagined ones creates a heightened sense of reality.

The 14 paintings, which vary in size and are site-specific, took 9 years to complete, have received wide critical acclaim in the national press and media and in all denominations of the Christian press. They were permanently installed in St John on Bethnal Green in March 2009 and subsequently blessed by Richard Chartres, Bishop of London. In the same year, award-winning novelist Sara Maitland’s book Stations of the Cross, featuring and wholly inspired by Gollon’s 14 paintings, was published by Continuum (London & New York). A chapter is also devoted to the series, and the story of the commission told, in art historian Tamsin Pickeral’s book Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art (Hyde & Hughes, 2010).

‘Like [Stanley] Spencer, he dramatises the everyday in contemporary images and, depicting our clumsy, ridiculous ordinariness, brings alive for a modern, cynical audience the ghastly dissonance of this story of good and evil, sacrifice and humanity, answering on its own terms a 21st-century culture that regards the heroic as absurd.’

Critic’s Choice, Jackie Wullschlager, Chief Visual Arts Critic, Financial Times (To read full article in the Financial Times, click: FT ).

To view the Stations of the Cross and verify opening hours:  St John on Bethnal Green

To view more of Chris Gollon’s religious paintings (including those available for sale): Religious Imagery.

Bespoke reproductions of Chris Gollon’s Stations of the Cross are available here: Reproductions.


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Jesus Is Condemned to Death

36” x 24” (92 x 61cms) acrylic on canvas 2002 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Takes Up His Cross

48” x 48” (122 x 122cms) acrylic on canvas 2002 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Falls A First Time

36” x 36” (92 x 92cms) acrylic on canvas 2002 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Meets His Mother

40” x 30” (102 x 76cms) acrylic on canvas 2003 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Simon The Cyrenean Helps Jesus

40” x 30” (102 x 76cms) acrylic on canvas 2003 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Veronica Wipes The Face of Jesus

40” x 30” (102 x 76cms) acrylic on canvas 2005 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Falls A Second Time

48” x 48” (122 x 122cms) acrylic on canvas 2006 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Speaks To The Women Of Jerusalem

48” x 48” (122 x 122cms) acrylic on canvas 2006 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Falls A Third Time

40” x 30” (102 x 76cms) acrylic on canvas 2007 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

40” x 30” (102 x 76cms) acrylic on canvas 2007 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross

40” x 30” (102 x 76cms) acrylic on canvas 2007 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Dies On The Cross

72” x 48” (183 x 122cms) acrylic on canvas 2008 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross

64” x 46” (163 x 117cms) acrylic on canvas 2007 Church of St John on Bethnal Green


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Jesus Is Laid In The Sepulchre

46” x 32” (117 x 81cms) acrylic on canvas 2007 Church of St John on Bethnal Green