CHRIS GOLLON – Man In The Long Black Coat

20th July – 28th Oct 2017

Recent paintings by Chris Gollon, very many partially inspired by song lyrics from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Eleanor McEvoy.

David Tregunna, IAP’s Director: “Following Chris’s unexpected death at only 64 in April, by curating this exhibition we want to celebrate his love of music, to show where it lead him intellectually and artistically; and to share his fascination with artistic ‘boundary crossing’”. The latter began when Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth made a unique 60-second tape each for Chris, Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk, asking them to respond with a work of art inspired by it to be exhibited in ‘ROOT’ at the Chisenhale Gallery, London in 1998. Gollon was interviewed about this recently for a new biography of Thurston Moore, ‘We Sing A New Language’ by Nick Soulsby (Omnibus, 2017). Indeed, Gollon’s ability to ‘paint a new language’ that reflects life as it really is made him unique. A friend of The Skids, he enjoyed the company of musicians, and one of his early museum acquisitions came when the Huddersfield Art Gallery acquired his large painting ‘Einstein & The Jealous Monk (after Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row)’ for its permanent collection to hang with Francis Bacon’s ‘Magdalene (II)’ and Sir Jacob Epstein’s ‘Einstein’. In 2013, he collaborated with Yi Yao, the Grammy-nominated Chinese classical musician to produce a 41ft-long painting and a 20-minute composition ‘And It Came To Pass’. His most recent ‘boundary crossing’ was NAKED MUSIC and ‘Gimme Some Wine’ (2014 – 2017), when he enjoyed working with Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. Indeed NAKED MUSIC is now also a new book by Jackie Hayden (Hot Press, 2016) about their artistic interaction, with some fascinating interviews, songs and imagery. This exhibition shows Gollon’s ability to take us somewhere new, with imagery partially inspired by Neil Young’s ‘Driftin’ Back’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Man in the Long Black Coat’ and Eleanor McEvoy’s ‘Gimme Some Wine’. As part of the Monmouth Festival, Gollon’s Kaleidomorphism One, a 20-min film collaboration with JABOD, synchronizing 500 paintings with music by Calexico, Tom Waits and Paolo Conte, will also be shown (free entry) at the Savoy Theatre (7pm each day 28th July – 2nd Aug inclusive). This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature.

(Pictured: ‘Davey the Brothel Keeper (after Bob Dylan’s ‘Tempest’)’ 30″ x 22″ acrylic on paper 2016).

IAP Fine Art: 15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX

Open Thurs – Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm, or by appt. T: 01600 772005

St Ethelflaeda (Diptych) for Romsey Abbey

ROMSEY ABBEY, Church Lane, ROMSEY, Hampshire. SO51 8EP & open Mon – Sat 07.30am – 6pm, Sun 11-6pm. Free entry.

Created as site-specific and shown a first time in the Abbey is a  new diptych of St Ethelflaeda, Abbess of Romsey at the time of the first millennium, painted by Chris Gollon specifically for Romsey Abbey. Gollon’s diptych looks at the episode recounted of her candle blowing out and St Ethelflaeda then reading the Bible by the light emanating from her hand.

Fourteen Stations of the Cross

Chris Gollon’s fourteen paintings of the Stations of the Cross are permanently installed in the Church of St John on Bethnal Green, which is a beautiful grade-one listed church designed by Sir John Soane and located next to the Museum of Childhood. It is open to visitors Saturday 10-1pm, or during services. To read more about the story of this unusual major commission, click here.