AboutChris Gollon has chosen to exhibit some of his most recent and colourful works on paper, in which he focuses on some of his favourite subjects. Gollon has always enjoyed working on textured paper, and feels it is a medium in which one can take great risks, which very much suits his very innovative painting techniques.
This exhibition will feature new still life and figurative works painted on paper.
The coming year is a very exciting one for Chris Gollon as he works toward a major solo exhibition in January 2014 entitled Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible in Guildford Cathedral. The exhibition will display at least 14 new works on the title's theme, and will be accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with texts by novelist Sara Maitland and art historian Tamsin Pickeral.
Gollon is also working on an extraordinary and unique collaboration with Grammy-nominated Chinese virtuoso classical piano accordion player Yi Yao. Chris is painting a 60ft long work, in approx 12 panels. As each is completed it is shown to Yi Yao who then takes inspiration from it to compose a new work of music derived from the painting. She then gives her musical composition back to Chris Gollon, which he then listens to and responds to it with the next painting. It is an extraordinary 50-50 collaboration, which will result in a very original work of music and art that will be premiered in London before touring to China in 2014. Press articles will begin to appear on this unique collaboration in the autumn.
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Chris Gollon (b.1953, London) is an established name in British painting. He has enjoyed six solo museum shows in the UK, major 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 the Chisenhale Gallery, London. His work is attracting increasing acclaim in the national press, specialist arts press and has been the subject of Alan Yentob's BBC1 programme Imagine. His film collaboration with JABOD, entitled Kaleidomorphism One, was premiered in London at the East End Film Festival (2008). Novelist Sara Maitland's book Stations of the Cross (Continuum, London & New York, 2009) was wholly inspired by and features Gollon's 14 paintings of the Stations of the Cross, which were commissioned by the Church of England for a grade-one listed Sir John Soane church in East London. The latest book on his life and work, Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art by art historian Tamsin Pickeral (Hyde & Hughes) and endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE, was published in 2010. Signed copies are available in the gallery.
In 2010, Gollon exhibited with Henry Moore, Tracey Emin and Anthony Gormley in Commission at Wallspace in the City. Chris Gollon was both First Artist in Residence and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (2009), Durham University, and this year returned as Artist in Residence at St Mary's College (Apr Jun 2011). His painting entitled âBirth' was recently used as part of the story in the Hollywood film from the Twilight Saga entitled Breaking Dawn (I). Chris Gollon lives and works in Surrey, and is represented by IAP Fine Art, London (www.iapfineart.com). Further information on the artist may be found at the official information website: www.chrisgollon.com or download The Art of Chris Gollon app for iPads from the App store.