AboutIAP Fine Art is delighted to present a brand new exhibition of the very latest works by Chris Gollon on the theme of LOVE. Gollon has long been recognized as a very imaginative painter of human relationships and interaction. Recent major public commissions have shown his original take on old and universal themes. In a large-scale commission for the Church of England he used his own son as the model for Jesus in the highly acclaimed series of Fourteen Stations of the Cross recently blessed by Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, and permanently installed in the historic grade-one listed, Sir John Soane-designed Church of St John on Bethnal Green, next to the Museum of Childhood.
In this new exhibition, Gollon engages with the theme of LOVE in all its forms. He breathes life and emotional depth into his stylized figures, with a great use of colour applied in very thin glazes and delicate washes, juxtaposed with gold or infinite, matt blacks. His dynamic use of printmakers' rollers and scratching-in techniques bring movement and rhythm to the images, and a magical atmosphere. Gollon depicts LOVE in its many forms, from unrequited to fulfilled and unfulfilled; from friendship to unconditional love; from envy to cuckoldry; and from physical to spiritual love. An Evening Out (II) imaginatively depicts love between friends (however different), and âLove (II)' gives the spectator the intimacy and gentleness of two lovers absorbed in each other. Lust or an amorous advance is hinted at in The Success of the Major, and the epiphany and psychological shift from a life as a courtesan to a religious calling is the theme of The Contemplation of The Magdalene. Gollon's imagined figures combined with his innovative techniques in acrylic paint, make his subjects move and breathe and in so doing make the subject of LOVE new again and alive in our minds.
The last year has been a very busy one for Chris Gollon, with a new book published on his work, an acquisition by the British Museum, and two major solo shows. Born 1953, London, Chris Gollon has enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions in the UK, public commissions and museum acquisitions including the British Museum. He has exhibited at Art Chicago and also with Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk in ROOT, a crossover exhibition of contemporary music and art created by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, at Chisenhale Gallery, London. In 2004, Gollon showed in St Paul's Cathedral with Bill Viola, Tracey Emin, Billy Childish and Christopher LeBrun in Images of Christ for the Third Millennium. His work is attracting increasing acclaim in the national press, specialist arts press, BBC Radio 4 and Alan Yentob's BBC1 programme Imagine. In 2010, Gollon showed with Henry Moore, Tracey Emin and Anthony Gormley in Commission at Wallspace. A new book, Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art by art historian Tamsin Pickeral (Hyde & Hughes) and endorsed by international author Bill Bryson OBE, was published in 2010. Chris Gollon was both First Artist in Residence and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (2009), Durham University, and is just completing a short period as Artist in Residence at St Mary's College, developing further his very innovative techniques in acrylic painting. For latest news, please visit the artist's official information website: www.chrisgollon.com.
Unsettling, tactile, bursting with humanity, Gollon's paintings draw you in and stay in your mind" Jan Patience, Visual Arts Critic, Glasgow Herald