The Two Musicians
by Chris Gollon
30″ x 22″ (76 x 56cms) acrylic on paper 2013
Chris Gollon is an established name in British painting. Born London 1953, he has enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions in the UK, museum acquisitions and public commissions. 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. His work is attracting increasing acclaim in the national press, specialist arts press 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. In 2012, The Art of Chris Gollon app for iPads was launched, in which the artist reveals some of creative and technical secrets. In 2013, Chris Gollon embarked on a creative collaboration with Grammy-nominated classical musician Yi Yao, which will result in a 60ft long painting and a unique collaborative work of art and music. Gollon is currently also working toward a major solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral. For latest news, please visit the artist’s official information website: www.chrisgollon.com. Chris Gollon lives and works in Surrey, and is represented by IAP Fine Art, London.
“tremendously vivid paintings…” Simon Barnes, The Times
“Chris Gollon’s work is wonderfully provocative and inspiring…” Bill Bryson OBE, international author
“Unsettling, tactile and bursting with humanity, Gollon’s paintings draw you in and stay in your mind.”
Jan Patience, Visual Arts Critic, Glasgow Herald
Boy At The Window
by Maggi Hambling
57.5″ x 48″(146 x 122cms) oil on panel 1983
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 is currently working on several public projects–details to be announced soon.