Chris Gollon is an established name in British painting. Born London 1953, he has enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions in the UK, museum acquisitions including the British Museum and several major 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 and specialist arts press: Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, Aesthetica,BBC Radio 4, BBC1 News, 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: www.chrisgollon.com. 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’ has now become a major touring exhibition to British cathedrals (including Norwich, Chichester & Durham), which is 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 McEvoy, visually 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. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter for latest information on the Chris Gollon and exhibitions, click: here. 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
“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