IAP Fine Art is delighted to be assisting in the organization of an exciting new touring exhibition of Chris Gollon’s work. Chris is currently working on a series of new religious works: 12 new paintings inspired by 12 stories from the Bible. They will be shown 2012 – 2014 in a touring exhibition of British cathedrals, accompanied by a full colour catalogue with text by award-winning novelist Sara Maitland, who wrote the recent book Stations of the Cross(Continuum, London & New York) wholly inspired by and featuring Chris’Gollons Fourteen Stations of the Cross. The painting shown is entitled ‘Madonna of the Apple’ by Chris Gollon (36″ x 28″, 61 x 71cms, acrylic on canvas 2011).
There is a tradition in Europe, particularly Italy, to paint the subject of the Madonna and Child, which has continued to the nineteenth century. Gollon has chosen in this first work to take a modern look at this tradition. Often in the Madonna & Child paintings there are symbol objects, such as the cherry as the fruit of delight of the Blessed, or the shell as a symbol of pilgrimage. However, in his first work, Chris Gollon has chosen the Madonna of the apple, as a symbol of the fruit of Salvation. Artists would often show Jesus playing with the crown of thorns or even the nails of his crucifixion. Gollon has chosen to take this a stage further and has shown his Jesus with the actual wounds of his fate already on his body. Similarly, the running mascara hints at the Mater Dolorosa in Gollon’s own Stations. As art critic Laura Gascoigne (arts writer for Galleries magazine, RA Magazine) wrote of Gollon’s Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother in The Tablet: ” In Raphael’s Procession to Calvary Jesus passes his Mother without a glance, every ounce of his strength devoted to his struggle, while the fainting Mary, supported by the Women of Jerusalem, forms a feminine subplot to the action. This will not do for a modern Mary. Modern women do not faint; and cannot be so conveniently sidelined. In Gollon’s image, for which he used his son and daughter as models, mother and son meet as partners in sacrifice…..”
Chris Gollon is continuing to do research and to work on these new religious works in preparation for the forthcoming touring exhibition. If you’d like to be updated on the tour and other Gollon exhibitions, sign up to the monthly newsletter: Get News.