by Chris Gollon
36″ x 24″ (91 x 61cm) acrylic on canvas 2015

SOLD (from the Eleanor McEvoy-inspired NAKED MUSIC series)

Chris Gollon

Chris Gollon (1953 – 2017) enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions in the UK, museum acquisitions including the British Museum  and several major public commissions. He 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. (An interview with Chris Gollon regarding his collaboration with Thurston Moore has recently been published in Thurston Moore: We Sing A New Language by Nick Soulsby.

His work is attracting ever-increasing acclaim in the national press and specialist arts press: The IndependentFinancial Times, The Times, The Guardian, Aesthetica, BBC Radio 4, BBC1 News, BBC Radio 3’s ‘Free Thinking’and 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. Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art by art historian Tamsin Pickeral (Hyde & Hughes) and endorsed by 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 accepted an invitation to return as Artist in Residence at St Mary’s College in 2011, developing further his very innovative techniques in painting. For latest news, including the use of his work in the latest film from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (I), please visit the artist’s official information website: In 2013, he completed a unique collaboration with Grammy-nominated virtuoso Chinese accordionist Yi Yao, resulting in a 41ft-long (12.5m) painting, which was premiered to the public at the Henley Festival 2014.  His highly-acclaimed solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral (Feb 2014) ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’  became a major national touring exhibition to British cathedrals (including Norwich, Chichester, Durham & Hereford), gathering much national press/media interest:  The Independent , BBC Radio 3 and an interview with Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2.  In 2016, Gollon embarked on a creative project with best-selling Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoyvisually interpreting the songs from her new album NAKED MUSIC, which in turn has inspired new songs by Eleanor McEvoy. This ongoing and unique experiment in artistic “boundary crossing” is the subject of a new book by rock journalist and respected author Jackie Hayden: NAKED MUSIC, The Songbook. His last series of paintings ‘Gimme Some Wine’  was a response to a song of the same title by Eleanor McEvoy, which she had written for him. Following his untimely death in 2017, the critical acclaim continues, with further books being published featuring his work. In 2018, a year after his death, Romsey Abbey purchased and permanently installed his diptych painting of the Abbey’s patron saint St Ethelflaeda. A major museum retrospective exhibition of his music-related works is planned for 2019. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter for latest information on the Chris Gollon and exhibitions, click: here. Gollon is represented by IAP Fine Art. His official information website is:

“tremendously vivid paintings…” Simon Barnes, The Times

“Chris Gollon’s work is wonderfully provocative and inspiring…” Bill Bryson OBE, international author

“Chris Gollon ….has produced some truly compelling work” The Independent

“Unsettling, tactile and bursting with humanity, Gollon’s paintings draw you in and stay in your mind.”

Jan Patience, Visual Arts Critic, Glasgow Herald

maggi hambling

Sunrise with Rain, January
by Maggi Hambling
39″ x 16″(99 x 40.5 cms) oil on canvas 2014. SOLD

Maggi Hambling

Born Suffolk, 1945, Maggi Hambling is a household name in British art. She studied with Lett Haines and Cederic Morris and studied at Ipswich School of Art, Camberwell School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art. She was the First Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1980-81, and among other of her works, her portraits of George Melly and Max Wall hang in the National Portrait Gallery. Public collections holding her work include: British Museum, Tate Collection, National Gallery, London, and  Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. The monograph MAGGI HAMBLING THE WORKS and conversations with Andrew Lambirth was published in 2006 (Unicorn Press). In 2010, Maggi Hambling was awarded a CBE. Her public sculpture Scallop, a monument to the composer Benjamin Britten, stands on Aldeburgh beach, Suffolk, and her main muse of recent years has been the North Sea, to great critical acclaim.

A close friend of George Melly, in 2009 George Always her memorial exhibition of paintings of the legendary jazz singer was shown at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and at National Portrait Gallery, London. In 2010, her solo show Maggi Hambling: The Wave was shown at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and her public sculpture The Brixton Heron was installed and unveiled above The Prince & Dex building, London SW9 in the centre of Brixton.

Created by Maggi Hambling for the High Altar at Winchester Cathedral, are a new set of tapestries created in 2013, the artist’s first, which were formally dedicated on 7 July 2013. Maggi Hambling collaborated with Ateliers Pinton – a French tapestry workshop in the Aubusson region which has worked with artists such as Picasso, Miro, Leger and Sutherland (for Coventry). MAGGI HAMBLING: WALL OF WATER, a solo show from May -July 2013 at the prestigious Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia  was very well received by public and press in Russia. Maggi Hambling’s exhibition ‘Walls of Water’ was shown at the National Gallery, London, 26th Nov 2014 t0 15th Feb 2015. She was featured in Vogue magazine January 2018, also with an accompanying interview: Vogue. Now 2018 is a very busy year for Maggi Hambling. Michael Jackson : On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London, 28 June – 21 October displays Maggi’s famous portrait of Michael Jackson. Maggi Hambling has also just accepted a major public commission for a memorial sculpture commemorating Mary Wollstonecraft in north London.  In August 2018, the TATE made a new film of the artist in her studio: Film. She exhibited alongside Sarah Lucas in ‘The Quick & The Dead’ at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, Nov 2018 – Jan 2019. In 2019, a major museum retrospective at the  Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing opens on 8th March. It is her first solo exhibition in China, which will attract much media attention and an important new audience for her work. For details, click: For Beauty Is Nothing But The Beginning Of Terror.  To receive details on Maggi Hambling’s work and exhibitions, please sign up to our monthly newsletter here: contact.

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