This painting was originally titled 'It Started Off So Well', but Chris Gollon then re-thought and altered it for the Eleanor McEvoy-inspired NAKED MUSIC series. It has been selected for the exhibition 'Emergence & Transformation - Revisited', since it straddles both themes. Indeed, it might well be simply a later stage in the evening to the previous painting 'Prosecco & White Wine Versus Red Wine'.
It is now catalogued as part of Gollon's NAKED MUSIC series, his two-year exercise in artistic boundary crossing with singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. It takes partial inspiration from the song 'Half out of Habit' (NAKED MUSIC album, 2016) about a woman wanting to leave, but remaining in a relationship, since she has nowhere else to go. This chimes perfectly with some people's experience of the lockdown, and the pressure upon relationships, and also the momentary escape wine provides. Gollon began experimenting with giving expression to featureless faces in the 1990s, but very successfully returned to it many times, notably with a painting inspired by the famous Peggy Lee song 'Is That All There Is?' in 2005; and also with his series 'At Le Bal' after Ettore Scola's award-winning film 'Le Bal', as well as later paintings with scarecrow-like figures.
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Artist's studio, IAP Fine Art
NAKED MUSIC exhibition & album launch, IAP Fine Art & Gallery Different, London 2016 Emergence & Transformation, on-line exhibition, IAP Fine Art, 2020
Reproduced and featured in NAKED MUSIC: The Songbook (Hot Press Books, Dublin, 2016) ISBN: 978-0-9576114-2-9