CHRIS GOLLON – Man In The Long Black Coat

28th Sept – 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’. 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

Gollon At Henley – A Celebration

Following his unexpected death, to celebrate Chris Gollon’s life and work, the award-winning River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, has re-arranged its exhibition schedule to display his painting of the Henley Royal Regatta, which it commissioned in 2008 and is now part of the Museum’s permanent collection that includes works by Dufy, Piper and Trevelyan. They have also displayed an example from each of the the four editions of silk-screen studies Chris Gollon produced on his way to completing the main work. Since most people’s experience of the Henley Royal Regatta is losing (there are no silver or bronze medals), Chris Gollon chose to depict and focus upon the losing rowers. ‘Gollon At Henley’ (pictured right in the current display, 36″ x 48″, 91 x 122cm, acrylic on canvas 2008) was unveiled in 2008 to much acclaim, including this excellent review by Simon Barnes: The Times. To view all the painting studies and for further information, click: Gollon At Henley. IAP Fine Art, published the four editions of silk-screen studies, some of which are available and can be viewed here: Studies.  The River & Rowing Museum is open daily 10am – 5pm: Location & Times.

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.