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

20th/21st Century Painting & Printmaking

5th May – 3rd June

IAP Fine Art

Picasso – Matisse – Sutherland – Hockney – Gollon – Howson – Hambling

The great 20th century art critic Sir Ernst Gombrich said in his wonderful book The Story of Art, there is no right or wrong reason to like a work of art, each person brings their own life experience to it and any great work of art can be seen many different ways. On the artists’ side, those who are the greatest artists of their era are most often the ones that change the form of painting in some way, those who aim at a new way of seeing or feeling in order to connect with us. Their breakthroughs then open up new avenues for the next generation of artists to follow, or indeed reject. This new exhibition juxtaposes prints from 20th century masters like Picasso and Matisse with paintings or prints from leading 21st century painters such as Chris Gollon, Maggi Hambling, David Hockney and Peter Howson. Gollon in particular has innovated printmaking, especially monotypes and then re-imported those techniques into his paintings, by sometimes using printmakers’ rollers, sponges and fine art spray paint. Many of his techniques are explained in a recent book on his life and work by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE (available at the gallery). As IAP Fine Art’s Director David Tregunna remarks “I hope people enjoy the juxtapositions in this exhibition and see the journey painting and printmaking have made over the last 100 years. Also, just like Bryan Ferry doing cover versions of songs by Cole Porter or John Lennon, some artists—Chris Gollon is an example—occasionally do cover versions of other artists’ work. If you borrow someone else’s composition and subject matter, you then test your own technique and style against theirs. In fact, before he very sadly passed away last month,  Chris finished in time for this exhibition a Gollonesque cover version of Cezanne’s The Card Players.(Pictured: ‘Sketch for Woman Getting Ready for Bed’ by Chris Gollon)

 

IAP Fine Art: 15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX.     Open:  Thurs – Fri  11am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 4pm. This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature.

‘Gimme Some Wine (after Eleanor McEvoy)’ new paintings by CHRIS GOLLON

Thursday 9th March – Sat 29th April (open Weds – Sat 11-5pm)

IAP Fine Art

15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX

In a continuation of his ongoing experiment in artistic “boundary crossing” with Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, entitled NAKED MUSIC, Chris Gollon has embarked on a new series of paintings entitled ‘Gimme Some Wine’. They are inspired by Eleanor’s song of the same title, which in turn took its inspiration from Gollon’s painting ‘Dreaming of Leaving’, the latter painting and song and are featured in the new book about this unique collaborative project: NAKED MUSIC. The song ‘Gimme Some Wine’ that inspired the 23 new paintings (all seen a first time here) is as yet unreleased. However, we will be playing it in this exhibition showing the paintings that were inspired by it. This is the first opportunity anywhere for people to hear this new McEvoy song and see this new collection of Gollon paintings.

IAP Fine Art‘s new gallery space in Monmouth (15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX) opens with this exciting new exhibition. It coincides with Eleanor McEvoy’s first gold disc, recorded at Rockfield Studios, being exhibited in the Monmouth Museum.

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

 Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further information.

Pictured:  ‘Gimme Some Wine (Final Version)’ by Chris Gollon (36″ x 48″, 91 x 122cm acrylic on canvas 2016). To view more of the Gimme Some Wine series, click: paintings.

NAKED MUSIC @ LOUDER THAN WORDS FESTIVAL 2016

 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).

Louder Than Words is a dedicated literary-based Festival rooted in all things connected to music through words, ie it embraces song-writing, poetry and writing of all types as well as books, blogs, magazines, on-line music writing, visual art. The Festival likes to focus on the fusion between and across art forms, challenging perceived boundaries and limited interpretations. It also hosts panel discussions, in conversations, performances, poetry competitions, workshops and is home to our annual Wilko Johnson Young Writers Award for authors under 25yrs old.
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Recent Paintings (including NAKED MUSIC series)

3rd Jan – 28th Feb 2017

IAP Fine Art –representing Chris Gollon–is temporarily between premises, since we are waiting for builders to finish building the space we will occupy at 15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX, located in a beautiful Georgian street that is in a conservation area of this historic and cultural town. However, until end of February, we continue trading and selling Chris Gollon’s paintings to private and corporate collectors or museums. Should you wish to view a particular work with a view to purchasing, we can show you works by Chris Gollon by appointment in Monmouth or London. For more information, please contact us or call 0844 561 1833. Pictured: ‘Heaven Help Us’ by Chris Gollon (from the NAKED MUSIC series after Eleanor McEvoy’s song), 48″ x 36″ (122 x 91cm) acrylic on canvas 2016. To view all available paintings by Chris Gollon, click: paintings.

‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ paintings by Chris Gollon

12 Oct – 6 Nov 2016

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

Visitors to Romsey Abbey will enjoy a large selection of paintings from Chris Gollon’s recent national touring exhibition to English cathedrals, which explores the experiences of women in the Bible, depicting women from both the Old and New Testaments. Having toured to the cathedrals of Guildford, Norwich, Chichester, Durham and Hereford, these thought-provoking and innovative depictions of women have attracted great critical acclaim in the national media, including a major article in The Independent and a BBC interview with Chris Gollon by Clare Balding.

The Romsey Abbey exhibition will also be the very first opportunity to see Chris Gollon’s painting ‘Annunciation’ (pictured, 60″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas 2015). The painting and its gestation will feature in Mark Byford’s forthcoming book, ‘The Annunciation: The Most Important Event in Human History?’ to be published in 2017. The author followed Chris Gollon as the artist created his own highly original interpretation of the Annunciation story with startling effect.

Also to be shown a first time is a brand new diptych of St Ethelflaeda, Abbess of Romsey at the time of the first millennium and painted by 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.

Partially inspired by Carol Ann Duffy’s collection of poems ‘The World’s Wife’, Gollon has chosen to include several works of unnamed women in the Bible, such as Job’s Wife, the first woman to question God’s actions. Visitors will also encounter more well-known women such as Salome, depicted just at the point where she sees the full horror of her actions.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with texts by award-winning novelist Sara Maitland, art historian and writer Tamsin Pickeral, the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bishop and theologian Canon Dr Julie Gittoes. A selection of studies for this work will also be shown and 20% of all proceeds from the sale of paintings from the exhibition will be donated by the artist to Romsey Abbey. Some for the works may be seen by clicking here: religious paintings.

Latest paintings: CHRIS GOLLON

20 – 22 May 2016

The Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, Monmouth, NP25 3DY

Open Fri – Sun 10am – 4pm, admission free

Curated by IAP Fine Art, this one-off exhibition in the beautiful Wye Valley will show the latest paintings by Chris Gollon and also fine jewellery by Gollon collector and good friend of our gallery celebrity master jeweller Paul Hatton.  This selling exhibition includes original paintings on canvas and paper, prints and drawings. Copies of ‘Humanity in Art’ the latest book on Gollon’s life and work by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE, will be available. IAP Fine Art offers the Arts Council’s OWN ART Scheme, allowing you to purchase works of art over 10 months interest-free. Pictured: “I Knew The Bride When She Used to Rock n’Roll (after Eleanor McEvoy’s version of the Nick Lowe song)” 48″ x 36″ (122 x 91 cm) acrylic on canvas 2016.

Paul Hatton’s first important recognition came in Los Angeles, where he lived for 8 years. Having won all the prizes offered by the Roman Ward Jewellery Institute in California, he then made jewellery and tableware for celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Leonard Nimoy, Sugar Ray Leonard and Liv Tyler. He then returned to the UK and was invited to exhibit in the major exhibitions ‘Cutlery Art’ and ‘Love Story’ in Goldsmith’s Hall, London. Paul now lives and works in Monmouthshire. This exhibition will showcase some of his very latest designs, many of which take inspiration from British architecture and history with a contemporary twist. It offers a chance to meet Paul and discuss commissions. For further information contact info@iapfineart.com or call 0844 561 1833

‘The Art of Mary’

Southwell Minster

9 Jan – 5 Feb 2016

A major exhibition of new art on the theme of ‘Mary’ is to be shown at Southwell Minster during January 2016. Over 20 significant contemporary artists have made major new works specifically for an ambitious exhibition that will see art shown all over the cathedral, both inside and outside. Timed to coincide with the Patronal Festival of Candlemas at the Minster the exhibition will be supported by a programme of events and will be open to the public for free over the month.

Artists showing new artworks at the Art of Mary exhibition include: Celia Paul, Nicolas Mynheer, Mark Cazalet, Chris Gollon, Susie Hamilton, Sophie Hacker, Iain McKillop, Roger Wagner and many others. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour catalogue with text by Fr Matthew Askey and Canon Dr Julie Gittoes.

Pictured: ‘Giving’ (right panel of diptych by Chris Gollon, 60″ x 60″, 152 x 152 cm, acrylic on canvas 2015).

Chris Gollon has said of this work: “The idea for this diptych, which I have entitled ‘Giving’, came about during a conversation with exhibition curator Fr Matthew Askey during a recent visit to Southwell Minster. The first panel shows ‘The Presentation in the Temple’ where Mary took the Christ child 33 days after his birth to “present him to the Lord” (Luke ii, 22). The second panel depicts Mary at the Base of the Cross, in what could be considered the ultimate act of giving, as Christ is returned to his Father.” Chris Gollon, October 2015. 

Click here to download full press release: The Art of Mary – Southwell Minster

For more information: contact usTo view all Chris Gollon’s available paintings (both religious & secular), click: paintings.

‘Virgin & Child’ by Chris Gollon in Hereford Cathedral

1st December 2015 – 29th February 2016

Hereford Cathedral  

Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG.

‘Virgin & Child’ (pictured) is the largest canvas Chris Gollon has painted to date and in 2015 it has been part of ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’, Gollon’s major national touring exhibition to British cathedrals. It will now be exhibited in Hereford Cathedral during Advent. In addition, some of the preliminary drawings and studies will be shown as Chris Gollon lets us in to his creative process:

“In the past, even great artists thought nothing of borrowing a composition or design from an earlier master. This tradition continued even as late as Manet, who borrowed his composition for Dejeuner sur L’Herbe from Raphael.

Nowadays, I expect this habit would be considered as plagiarism. It still goes on of course, but artists take great pains to cover their tracks: as though they were doing something wrong.

In the time of Rembrandt, neither he nor anybody else saw any reason for not adopting a great composition resolved by another artist. This was the procedure I decided on for my painting ‘Virgin & Child’ on display here.

As so often happens, I was looking for something else when I chanced upon an etching by Rembrandt entitled ‘The Virgin & Child’. Rembrandt had borrowed his design from a tiny engraving in ‘The Precious Book of Andrea Mantegna’.

Neither artist made a painting from their studies, so far as I know, and my work is one such attempt.”  Chris Gollon 

NB: There are 6 drawing studies for ‘Virgin & Child’ available hereDrawings

Exhibition in association with IAP Fine Art and are kindly sponsored by Wye Valley Groupby Thomas Carroll and by Castle House Hotel.

Touring Exhibition: ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ by Chris Gollon

Durham Cathedral

Curated by IAP Fine Art

2nd Oct – 2nd Nov 2015. Open:  Mon – Sat 07.30 – 6pm, Sun 07.45 – 5.30pm.

This exhibition of recent paintings by Chris Gollon explores the complexity of women’s experience of the Biblical narrative, often depicting women from the Bible who are forgotten, overlooked or nameless such as Job’s Wife, the first woman to question God’s actions. There are also women who came after the Bible such as St Lucy. It began as a single solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral in 2014, but such was the positive reception from clergy, national press and the visiting public, it has become a major national touring exhibition travelling to the cathedrals of Norwich, Chichester, Durham and Hereford. For Durham, Gollon has created two major new works: a dramatic triptych (right) entitled ‘Jesus & The Woman Taken in Adultery (Jesus Draws in the Dust)’ and a work looking at the theme of incarnation entitled ‘Jesus Healing the Sick’.

“Chris Gollon’s paintings dare us to engage with the biblical stories and to meet the characters in them as people with faces and feelings, people like us. I find his portrayal of their hands particularly striking. The paintings are arresting; they involve us in the scene. This is particularly true of the painting Chris Gollon has done especially for the Durham exhibition where we cannot ignore the apprehension of the woman who has been caught in adultery or Jesus’s eyes as she is hauled before him. We are placed there in the scene, emotionally involved. Whether or not we are familiar with the people and stories involved, this exhibition invites us to stop, look and then to listen to our own responses.” Rev Canon Rosalind Brown, Durham Cathedral

Chris Gollon is delighted to have been invited to exhibit in Durham Cathedral, since he has strong links with Durham having spent 3 months in 2009 as Fellow and First Artist in Residence at the prestigious Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, where he worked on the Being Human project.  Taking as his theme ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from The Bible’, Chris Gollon has enjoyed revisiting religious subject matter since completing his highly-acclaimed Fourteen Stations of the Cross now permanently installed in the grade-one listed Church of St John on Bethnal Green, designed by Sir John Soane.

The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent full-colour exhibition catalogue with texts by award-winning novelist Sara Maitland,  art historian and writer Tamsin Pickeral,  Canon Dr Andrew Bishop and Canon Dr Julie Gittoes. The exhibition catalogue will be available to purchase at the Cathedral, price £10, or is available by mail order at same price here: Gallery shop. The painting pictured is entitled ‘Pieta’ 60″ x 60″ (152 x 152cm) acrylic on canvas 2013.

The paintings in the exhibition are also available for sale, with 20% of proceeds going to the exhibiting Cathedral. To view a selection of the paintings in the exhibition, or to enquire about purchasing, please click: paintings. Prices start at £2,350 and range through to £18,000, and some may be purchased using the Arts Council of England’s excellent interest-free monthly instalment scheme: OWN ART. For more information, please contact usor call 0844 561 1833. If you would like to sign up to the monthly website newsletter to receive information about this and other forthcoming exhibitions, please click: Newsletter.

This exhibition is kindly sponsored by the fine art specialist insurers  Brownhill Insurance Group.