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 4th 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.
I’m delighted that FIREWALL, our collaboration with the Sleaford Mods, a cool new work of art, music and film, has not only very successfully premiered in the museum retrospective exhibition CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon; but that it will also be shown with a Q&A at Manchester’s Louder Than Words Festival on 9th November at 2pm. LTWF is supported by Omnibus Publishing and Arts Council England. We look forward to seeing you there!
David Tregunna, Director, IAP Fine Art (Oct 2019)