The museum retrospective of Chris Gollon’s music-related paintings CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon, which we have curated at Huddersfield Art Gallery, has opened very successfully. The exhibition is open Tues – Sat, 10-4pm runs to 18th Jan 2020, accompanied by a full-colour catalogue available from the Shop section of this website or in the museum shop. Click Exhibitions page for more details.
We are delighted to have just published a brand new ISBN-numbered fine art catalogue on Chris Gollon’s Fourteen Stations of the Cross. It marks the tenth anniversary of their installation in the grade-one listed Church of St John on Bethnal, designed by Sir John Soane, next to the V&A Museum of Childhood in east London. It also marks the installation in the church’s South Gallery of three related works to the Stations, which have kindly been donated to the church by a private patron. One of these works is ‘Judas Iscariot & The Magdalene’, which we believe is the only painting in art history of Judas alone with the Magdalene. Chris Gollon did not paint himself in his Stations, but did controversially use his own son as the model for Jesus, his daughter as Mary, his wife as Veronica and Fr Alan Green as Nicodemus. However, in ‘Judas Iscariot & The Magdalene’ he has cast himself as Judas, penitent and hanging from a tree. It was partially inspired by Bob Dylan’s lyrics “I can’t think for you/You’ll have to decide/Whether Judas Iscariot/Had God on his side…” (from the song ‘With God on Our Side’ first released on the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin’). The new catalogue feature texts by art critics Nicholas Usherwood, Laura Gascoigne, Jackie Wullschalager; art historian Tamsin Pickeral and novelist Sara Maitland. To purchase or learn more, click: Chris Gollon: Stations of the Cross.
Now online! Click to view: FIREWALL
FIREWALL is showing daily (Tues – Sat, 10am – 4pm) in the museum retrospective exhibition CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon at Huddersfield Art Gallery (until 4th Jan 2020). Made in 2019 two years after Chris Gollon’s untimely death, FIREWALL is an exciting artistic collaboration between IAP Fine Art and the Sleaford Mods: creating a work of art, music and film, using the song Firewall (from the album Eton Alive, 2019) with Chris Gollon’s imagery.
Recently shown at the Louder Than Words Festival, with an open Q&A, discussing the difficulties, successes and pitfalls of combining original music and paintings, and how and why the songs and images change and deepen each other’s effect on us.