This work by Chris Gollon has been selected for the exhibition 'Emergence & Transformation', since it straddles both themes. During months of lockdown, with our self isolation, and our loss of control over our professional and social lives, and our daily decisions handed away to governments, fewer decisions domestically were left to make. The title of this painting by Chris Gollon echoes one of the weekly, if not daily, crucial decisions that at least was left to us to make. Moreover, perhaps it remains an equally pressing decision as we emerge, and the bars and restaurants re-open tentatively in the 'new normal'.
Chris Gollon was a great painter of human relationships and human dramas, which he portrayed with great empathy, often with warm humour. Even in still life he was able to allude to a human drama or situation, which art historian Tamsin Pickeral describes so well in her book on Chris Gollon's life and work 'Humanity in Art', endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE. In this painting, the bottles hint at a human presence or a mutually opposing volition. Despite the vibrant colours, the conviviality, and the movement in the work, there is also some tension, as the three bottles are vying for pole position, as the first drink of the evening. As Pickeral notes, by making the shadows all deliberately wrong, Gollon animates his objects, and breathes into them a human drama.
This painting is now in a private collection.
The image is available in the Cards section of the gallery Shop, and also the Fashion section. Due to popular demand for this image, IAP Fine Art is also planning an edition of giclée prints, please contact us for details.