‘St Ethelflaeda’ by Chris Gollon installed permanently in Romsey Abbey

ROMSEY ABBEY, Church Lane, ROMSEY, Hampshire. SO51 8EP 

As his national touring exhibition to cathedrals also travelled to Romsey Abbey in autumn 2016, Chris Gollon was taken both by the Abbey and the history of its famous abbess, St Ethelflaeda. He painted–as a site-specific work for two stone recesses–this dramatic diptych of St Ethelflaeda, Abbess of Romsey at the time of the first millennium. Gollon’s diptych looks at the legend recounted of St Ethelflaeda, the moment her candle blows out and she is able to continue reading the Bible only by the Divine light emanating from her hand. The diptych subtly gives the impression of St Ethelflaeda re-entering the Abbey, imbued with light. In 2018, it has now been purchased by Romsey Abbey, where it hangs permanently for the public and congregation to enjoy. A full-colour catalogue fine art catalogue featuring the diptych and Chris Gollon’s studies for the final work, along with texts by leading writers including Sara Maitland, is available from the Abbey shop.  “I’ve really come to love Chris Gollon’s work and the expressive ways that he represents the human form with exaggeration creating a greater realism”, The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester. 

Open Mon – Sat 07.30am – 6pm, Sun 11-6pm. Free entry.

Artistic “boundary crossing” with Eleanor McEvoy

The Gollon/McEvoy project NAKED MUSIC is ever-gathering momentum and has lead to ‘Gimme Some Wine’, a new McEvoy song and 23 new Gollon paintings.  The 2016 album NAKED MUSIC of Eleanor McEvoy’s latest songs, some of which she has co-written with Dave Rotheray of The Beautiful South; with Lloyd Cole and Nat Johnson,  was launched in Chris Gollon‘s exhibition of the same title in London in January 2016. The album and paintings have since attracted great critical acclaim and media coverage, so much so they are the subject of a new book, with in-depth interviews with McEvoy and Gollon and all the songs and many of the paintings. Stop press: a new book by author Jackie Hayden on the McEvoy/Gollon NAKED MUSIC project is just published. To purchase, simply CONTACT US

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