‘St Ethelflaeda’ diptych: The Studies & A Blessing

Sat 20 Oct – Sat 27 Oct 2018. (closes 5pm 27th Sept)

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

The blessing of Chris Gollon‘s newly installed diptych will be in the 6.30pm service on Sunday 21st Oct (Festival of St Ethelflaeda), and all are welcome. To coincide with this celabratory and momentous moment, IAP Fine Art is curating a small exhibition of the five studies for the final work.  Pictured right, ‘Study on Canvas (III) for St Ethelflaeda, by Chris Gollon, 24″ x 18″ (61 x 46cm) acrylic on canvas 2016. These will be displayed to show the artist’s progression to his final image, and will be available to purchase. To view all 5 studies, click: Studies. For further information, please contact us.

Chris Gollon’s national touring exhibition to cathedrals also travelled to Romsey Abbey in autumn 2016, where 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 blind 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 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.

21st Century Figurative: Paintings, Drawings & Prints

08 – 24 Feb 2018

IAP Fine Art has a new exhibition of paintings focusing on leading British figurative artists of this century. It features paintings and prints by Maggi Hambling CBE, First Artist in Residence at the National Gallery. Several of the fine art prints she produced in collaboration with IAP Fine Art to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust. These include her portraits of George Melly and Derek Jarman. Her famous ‘Scallop’ sculpture, a memorial to Benjamin Britten, stands on Aldeburgh beach; and her main muse in recent years has been the North Sea, producing very dramatic seascapes capturing all the moods, colours and sensuality of the sea.

Although Chris Gollon tragically passed away last year aged 64, as his main gallery for the last 25 years, IAP Fine Art has a fine selection of his paintings, many taking their inspiration from songs by Bob Dylan, Eleanor McEvoy and Neil Young. 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’”. Eleanor McEvoy, who recorded her first gold disc at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, is an admirer of Chris Gollon’s work and wrote a song inspired by his paintings and dedicated to him ‘Gimme Some Wine’. In response, just before he died, Gollon produced a series of paintings in turn inspired by the song, some of which are displayed a first time.

Peter Howson OBE, was the British official war artist during the Bosnian Civil War. In recent years he has increasingly produced religious imagery, having converted to Christianity. As well as his better know imagery of tramps and dossers, the exhibition also shows his dancing ‘Salome’.

Pictured: ‘Gimme Some Wine (Version V) after Eleanor McEvoy’ by Chris Gollon (30″ x 22″ [76 x 56cm] acrylic on canvas 2017. Also displayed are scupture by Mel Fraser and jewellery by Paul Hatton. This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature and The Property Drop

Open: Thurs & Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4 or by appointment. For enquiries, 01600 772005 or info@iapfineart.com.

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

Graham Sutherland – A Welsh Inspiration

8 June – 8 July 2017

IAP Fine Art re-looks at the work of Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903-1980) with a powerful new exhibition of original signed prints. Sutherland was an English artist known for his works largely focused on landscape and religion. He is famous for his ‘Christ in Glory’, the world’s largest tapestry in Coventry Cathedral. During his varied career Sutherland was also renowned for his friendship with Pablo Picasso and infamously painting Winston Churchill’s portrait. Sutherland’s work is in major public collections including National Museum Wales, Manchester Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Museum. Sutherland first visited Pembrokeshire in 1934 and deeply inspired by the Welsh county he visited every year until the outbreak of the Second World War and his posting as an Official War Artist.  This exhibition of works ranging from £950- £10,000 are largely curated from the years following Sutherland’s return to Pembrokeshire in 1967.  This return ignited Sutherland’s creative renewal and artistic homecoming to the place he himself believed he first began to  ‘learn how to paint’. The country’s ‘exultant strangeness’ is further illustrated in Flames in a Rock Form (1975-1976) and Pyramid on Wooden Stacks (1970), which resemble the spectacular rock arches, and pillars that decorate the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  Both these works illustrate the defiance of landscape over human endeavor- perhaps a legacy Sutherland has drawn from his pivotal years as an Official War Artist.  Such was Sutherland’s love for the Welsh landscape he bequeathed a number of his works to the county of Pembrokeshire in 1967. In 1975 The Graham Sutherland Gallery opened at Picton Castle and the majority of this collection was later transferred to National Museum Wales in 1995. This act permanently entwines Sutherland to the awe-inspiring Welsh landscape stretching from IAP Fine Art’s location on the Monmouthshire border to the Pembrokeshire coast. IAP Fine Art also holds work for sale by Chris Gollon, Maggi Hambling, Peter Howson, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. (Pictured: Flames in a Rock Form (I)’ by Graham Sutherland, signed lithograph HC XIV/XV aside from the edition of 75. £1,250 including frame). To see more of the works in the exhibition, click Sutherland works.

For details on any of the above:  info@iapfineart.com or 01600 772005.

IAP Fine Art, 15 Church St, Monmouth, NP25 5BX. Open Thurs – Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm or by appt. This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature.

20th/21st Century Painting & Printmaking

5th May – 3rd June

Picasso – Matisse – Sutherland – Hockney – Gollon – Howson – Hambling

The great 20th century art critic Sir Ernst Gombrich said in his wonderful book The Story of Art, there is no right or wrong reason to like a work of art, each person brings their own life experience to it and any great work of art can be seen many different ways. On the artists’ side, those who are the greatest artists of their era are most often the ones that change the form of painting in some way, those who aim at a new way of seeing or feeling in order to connect with us. Their breakthroughs then open up new avenues for the next generation of artists to follow, or indeed reject. This new exhibition juxtaposes prints from 20th century masters like Picasso and Matisse with paintings or prints from leading 21st century painters such as Chris Gollon, Maggi Hambling, David Hockney and Peter Howson. Gollon in particular has innovated printmaking, especially monotypes and then re-imported those techniques into his paintings, by sometimes using printmakers’ rollers, sponges and fine art spray paint. Many of his techniques are explained in a recent book on his life and work by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE (available at the gallery). As IAP Fine Art’s Director David Tregunna remarks “I hope people enjoy the juxtapositions in this exhibition and see the journey painting and printmaking have made over the last 100 years. Also, just like Bryan Ferry doing cover versions of songs by Cole Porter or John Lennon, some artists—Chris Gollon is an example—occasionally do cover versions of other artists’ work. If you borrow someone else’s composition and subject matter, you then test your own technique and style against theirs. In fact, before he very sadly passed away last month,  Chris finished in time for this exhibition a Gollonesque cover version of Cezanne’s The Card Players.(Pictured: Nu Bleu (III) by Henri Matisse, original lithograph from the 1954 edition after Matisse’s cut-outs, signed in the plate by Matisse and printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris. Framed: £950)

IAP Fine Art: 15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX.     Open:  Thurs – Fri  11am – 5pm, Sat 11am – 4pm. This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature.

‘Gimme Some Wine (after Eleanor McEvoy)’ new paintings by CHRIS GOLLON

Thursday 9th March – Sat 29th April (open Weds – Sat 11-5pm)

IAP Fine Art

15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX

In a continuation of his ongoing experiment in artistic “boundary crossing” with Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, entitled NAKED MUSIC, Chris Gollon has embarked on a new series of paintings entitled ‘Gimme Some Wine’. They are inspired by Eleanor’s song of the same title, which in turn took its inspiration from Gollon’s painting ‘Dreaming of Leaving’, the latter painting and song and are featured in the new book about this unique collaborative project: NAKED MUSIC. The song ‘Gimme Some Wine’ that inspired the 23 new paintings (all seen a first time here) is as yet unreleased. However, we will be playing it in this exhibition showing the paintings that were inspired by it. This is the first opportunity anywhere for people to hear this new McEvoy song and see this new collection of Gollon paintings.

IAP Fine Art‘s new gallery space in Monmouth (15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX) opens with this exciting new exhibition. It coincides with Eleanor McEvoy’s first gold disc, recorded at Rockfield Studios, being exhibited in the Monmouth Museum.

What is NAKED MUSIC? It’s both the new album by Eleanor McEvoy (released 2016) and a new series of paintings by Chris Gollon interpreting the songs from it. In early 2015, Eleanor McEvoy purchased a painting by Chris Gollon, a female nude pouring champagne, entitled ‘Champagne Sheila’.  The work began to inspire the theme for her forthcoming album ‘NAKED MUSIC’, which features many of her own latest compositions and also some new songs co-written with Dave Rotheray (ex- The Beautiful South) and Lloyd Cole“The first time I met Eleanor we immediately clicked artistically, albeit from a different art form. I was sent a demo for the new album, NAKED MUSIC, and invited to make one painting, perhaps for the front cover. Although the songs are written brilliantly from a woman’s point of view, when I began on the first painting I noticed that it was taking my work into an area I had never been before. A good example would be ‘The Thought of You’, the last track on the new album, where because of Eleanor’s point of view, I was able to actually understand how a woman longs for a man. A similar thing happened in all the songs, hence me ending up doing 25 paintings.” Chris Gollon

 Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further information.

Pictured:  ‘Gimme Some Wine – Female Version’ by Chris Gollon (48″ x 36″, 91 x 61cm oil on canvas 2016). To view more of the Gimme Some Wine series, click: paintings.

PRESS: If you are a member of the press, please download the press release here: PRESS.

MEL FRASER: Recent Stone Sculpture

12th Jan- 3rd Feb 2018

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

Chris Gollon: Recent Paintings (incl NAKED MUSIC series)

3rd Jan – 28th Feb 2017

IAP Fine Art is temporarily between premises, since we are waiting for builders to finish building the space we will occupy at 15, Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX, located in a beautiful Georgian street that is in a conservation area of this historic and cultural town. However, until end of February, we continue trading and selling paintings to private and corporate collectors. Should you wish to view a particular work with a view to purchasing, we can show you works by Chris Gollon or Maggi Hambling by appointment at venues in Monmouth or London. For more information, please email info@iapfineart.com or call 0844 561 1833. Pictured: ‘Heaven Help Us’ by Chris Gollon (from the NAKED MUSIC series after Eleanor McEvoy’s song), 48″ x 36″ (122 x 91cm) acrylic on canvas 2016. To view all available paintings by Chris Gollon, click: paintings.

NAKED MUSIC @ LOUDER THAN WORDS FESTIVAL 2016

 11th – 13th November 2016 @ Palace Hotel, Manchester

Chris Gollon and Eleanor McEvoy have been invited to be one of the headline events at the prestigious Louder Than Words Festival in Manchester at 6pm on 12th November 2016. The Festival is supported by the Arts Council of England and will involve Eleanor McEvoy playing songs from the NAKED MUSIC album in an exhibition of the Chris Gollon paintings the songs inspired. There will then be a filmed interview with McEvoy and Gollon by John Robb (ex-frontman of punk rock band Goldblade and now an author of a number of best-selling books including The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop, and Punk Rock – An Oral History).  Tickets are now available, to buy yours to this very unique event, click: LTWF Tickets NAKED MUSIC.
What is NAKED MUSIC? It’s both the new album by Eleanor McEvoy (released 2016) and a new series of paintings by Chris Gollon interpreting the songs from it. In early 2015, Eleanor McEvoy purchased a painting by Chris Gollon, a female nude pouring champagne, entitled ‘Champagne Sheila’.  The work began to inspire the theme for her forthcoming album ‘NAKED MUSIC’, which features many of her own latest compositions and also some new songs co-written with Dave Rotheray (ex- The Beautiful South) and Lloyd Cole“The first time I met Eleanor we immediately clicked artistically, albeit from a different art form. I was sent a demo for the new album, NAKED MUSIC, and invited to make one painting, perhaps for the front cover. Although the songs are written brilliantly from a woman’s point of view, when I began on the first painting I noticed that it was taking my work into an area I had never been before. A good example would be ‘The Thought of You’, the last track on the new album, where because of Eleanor’s point of view, I was able to actually understand how a woman longs for a man. A similar thing happened in all the songs, hence me ending up doing 25 paintings.” Chris GollonAt Louder Than Words Eleanor will play a recital within the exhibition, and may include a new composition inspired by the paintings, since this is an ongoing experiment in “boundary crossing” between the two artists. Although he has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and cathedrals, this is also Chris Gollon’s first ever solo exhibition in Manchester. It will feature paintings  that are all interpretations of Eleanor McEvoy’s songs.  You can also buy ‘NAKED MUSIC’ the new album at the Festival, as well as the latest book published on Chris Gollon’s work Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further information. To view some of the works in the exhibition, click: paintings.Pictured:  ‘The Thought of You’ by Chris Gollon (48″ x 36″, 91 x 61cm acrylic on canvas 2015).
Louder Than Words is a dedicated literary-based Festival rooted in all things connected to music through words, ie it embraces song-writing, poetry and writing of all types as well as books, blogs, magazines, on-line music writing, visual art. The Festival likes to focus on the fusion between and across art forms, challenging perceived boundaries and limited interpretations. It also hosts panel discussions, in conversations, performances, poetry competitions, workshops and is home to our annual Wilko Johnson Young Writers Award for authors under 25yrs old.
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NAKED MUSIC

26 Jan – 11 Feb 2016

GALLERY DIFFERENT

14, Percy St, London W1T 1DR

(Open: Tue, Wed, Fri 10:30 am – 6 pm, Thu 10:30 am – 8 pm, Sat 11 am – 5 pmSun + Mon Closed)

In association with GALLERY DIFFERENT, co-curated by IAP Fine Art , a new series of paintings by Chris Gollon from an artistic project with highly-acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, whose new album will be launched in the exhibition. Eleanor McEvoy purchased a painting by Chris Gollon, a female nude pouring champagne, entitled ‘Champagne Sheila’ in early 2015.  The work began to inspire the theme for her forthcoming album ‘NAKED MUSIC’, which will feature many of her own latest compositions and also some new songs co-written with Dave Rotheray (ex- The Beautiful South) and Lloyd Cole. She is also playing a very exclusive recital within the exhibition, which has now sold out. This is Chris Gollon’s largest solo exhibition in London for nearly 5 years,  featuring 25 paintings upstairs that are all interpretations of Eleanor McEvoy’s songs, while the lower gallery will show a selection of Gollon’s recent paintings on canvas and paper.  You can also buy ‘NAKED MUSIC’ the new album in the exhibition, as well as the latest book published on Chris Gollon’s work. To ensure you receive full details of the album release, new paintings and exhibition events/concerts, please subscribe here: Newsletter. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for further information. To view some of the works in the exhibition, click: paintings.

Pictured:  ‘Naked Music’ by Chris Gollon (36″ x 24″, 91 x 61cm acrylic on canvas 2015).

 “The first time I met Eleanor we immediately clicked artistically, albeit from a different art form. I was sent a demo for the new album, NAKED MUSIC, and invited to make one painting, perhaps for the front cover. Although the songs are written brilliantly from a woman’s point of view, when I began on the first painting I noticed that it was taking my work into an area I had never been before. A good example would be ‘The Thought of You’, the last track on the new album, where because of Eleanor’s point of view, I was able to actually understand how a woman longs for a man. A similar thing happened in all the songs, hence me ending up doing 25 paintings.” Chris Gollon
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