Chris Gollon – Man In The Long Black Coat

28th Sept – 28th Oct 2017

Recent paintings by Chris Gollon, very many partially inspired by song lyrics from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and some from his recent collaboration with Eleanor McEvoy.

David Tregunna, IAP’s Director: “Following Chris’s unexpected death at only 64 in April, by curating this exhibition we want to celebrate his love of music, to show where it lead him intellectually and artistically; and to share his fascination with artistic ‘boundary crossing’”. The latter began when Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth made a unique 60-second tape each for Chris, Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk, asking them to respond with a work of art inspired by it to be exhibited in ‘ROOT’ at the Chisenhale Gallery, London in 1998. Gollon was interviewed about this recently for a new biography of Thurston Moore, ‘We Sing A New Language’ by Nick Soulsby (Omnibus, 2017). Indeed, Gollon’s ability to ‘paint a new language’ that reflects life as it really is made him unique. A friend of The Skids, he enjoyed the company of musicians, and one of his early museum acquisitions came when the Huddersfield Art Gallery acquired his large painting ‘Einstein & The Jealous Monk (after Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row)’ for its permanent collection to hang with Francis Bacon’s ‘Magdalene (II)’ and Sir Jacob Epstein’s ‘Einstein’. In 2013, he collaborated with Yi Yao, the Grammy-nominated Chinese classical musician to produce a 41ft-long painting and a 20-minute composition ‘And It Came To Pass’. His most recent ‘boundary crossing’ was NAKED MUSIC and ‘Gimme Some Wine’ (2014 – 2017), when he enjoyed working with Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. Indeed NAKED MUSIC is now also a new book by Jackie Hayden (Hot Press, 2016) about their artistic interaction, with some fascinating interviews, songs and imagery. This exhibition shows Gollon’s ability to take us somewhere new, with imagery partially inspired by Neil Young’s ‘Driftin’ Back’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Man in the Long Black Coat’ and recently with Eleanor McEvoy’s ‘Gimme Some Wine’.  This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature and The Property Drop

(Pictured: ‘Gimme Some Wine – Final Version’ (after Eleanor McEvoy’s song, written for Chris Gollon) 36″ x 48″ (91 x 122cm) acrylic on canvas 2016).

IAP Fine Art: 15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX

Open Thurs – Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm, or by appt.  T: 01600 772005

MEL FRASER: Recent Stone Sculpture

26th Oct – 22nd Dec

David Tregunna, Gallery Director: “Mel Fraser’s work I first saw 9 yrs ago at an art fair and always held in my mind. One of her major influences is Sir Jacob Epstein, and I’m delighted to now have her work in the gallery. Her calling first awakened age 11 when she saw Rodin’s ‘Burghers of Calais’, Mel Fraser is a contemporary sculptor specialising in stone: creating abstract or figurative pieces. Since I first encountered her work, recognition is growing and it has been shown at art fairs around Europe and New York, at the Chelsea Flower Show and most recently at On Form 16, the UK’s most prestigious sculpture exhibition devoted solely to stone. Her work is held by collectors all over the world and a recent commission saw her work installed in Frank Gehry’s Opus Building in Hong Kong. Pictured, in beautiful and translucent Spanish honey alabaster, is Angel’s Wing (XXII), (h69 x w44 x d16 cm). I’ve always liked angels.  Mel Fraser’s beautiful and flowing work undulates so sensuously, needs to be viewed from all sides, but the more you look at this piece or touch, the more it really seems like the wing of an angel.”

Open: Thurs & Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4 or by appt

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