This colourful still life by Chris Gollon has been selected for the exhibition 'Emergence & Transformation - Revisited', since it straddles both themes. During months of lockdown, or as we emerge into the 'new normal' with extreme trepidation, as occasionally restrictions are eased, we live in hope of a brighter future.
In the early tradition of European still life painting, which began in Toledo, the old capital of Spain, objects were thought to have religious symbolism. For example, the lemon was fidelity in love, water was the Virgin Mary. Hope was symbolised by a lit candle.
During the global pandemic, upon the occasions we have emerged into the 'new normal' some of us have taken great knocks financially or career-wise; or suffered bereavements or separations. This painting's movement seems to embody that. Some are falling, but one candle nonetheless remains and still burns bright.
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. As Pickeral notes, by making the shadows all deliberately wrong, Gollon animates his objects, and breathes into them a human drama.
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