11th – 13th November 2016 @ Palace Hotel, Manchester
6pm on Sat 12th November ‘NAKED MUSIC’ will happen at the Louder Than Words Festival: concert by Eleanor McEvoy within an exhibition of new paintings by Chris Gollon interpreting the new songs from Eleanor’s new album, NAKED MUSIC, then a filmed Q&A session. Tickets are now available, to buy yours to this very unique event, click: LTWF Tickets NAKED MUSIC.
What is NAKED MUSIC? It’s both the new album by Eleanor McEvoy (released 2016) and a new series of paintings by Chris Gollon interpreting the songs from it. In early 2015, Eleanor McEvoy purchased a painting by Chris Gollon, a female nude pouring champagne, entitled ‘Champagne Sheila’. The work began to inspire the theme for her forthcoming album ‘NAKED MUSIC’, which features many of her own latest compositions and also some new songs co-written with Dave Rotheray (ex- The Beautiful South) and Lloyd Cole. “The first time I met Eleanor we immediately clicked artistically, albeit from a different art form. I was sent a demo for the new album, NAKED MUSIC, and invited to make one painting, perhaps for the front cover. Although the songs are written brilliantly from a woman’s point of view, when I began on the first painting I noticed that it was taking my work into an area I had never been before. A good example would be ‘The Thought of You’, the last track on the new album, where because of Eleanor’s point of view, I was able to actually understand how a woman longs for a man. A similar thing happened in all the songs, hence me ending up doing 25 paintings.” Chris Gollon
At Louder Than Words Eleanor will play a set within the exhibition, and may include a new composition inspired by the paintings, since this is an ongoing experiment in “boundary crossing” between the two artists. Although he has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and cathedrals, this is also Chris Gollon’s first ever solo exhibition in Manchester. It will feature paintings that are all interpretations of Eleanor McEvoy’s songs. You can also buy ‘NAKED MUSIC’ the new album at the Festival, as well as the latest book published on Chris Gollon’s work. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further information. To view some of the works in the exhibition, click: paintings.
Pictured: ‘The Thought of You’ by Chris Gollon (48″ x 36″, 91 x 61cm acrylic on canvas 2015).