From the ROOT exhibition onwards, Chris Gollon used music in three different ways: simply played in his studio to infuse his work with energy; or, lyrics providing footholds for ideas for images, partially inspiring works directly; or, by a two-way collaborative boundary crossing, working directly with composers, musicians and songwriters.
After completing his NAKED MUSIC series of paintings after Eleanor McEvoy's songs, Chris Gollon came across a cover version by Eleanor of the Nick Lowe song 'I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock n' Roll'. The song had not prompted ideas for images until he heard the cover by Eleanor, after which he began to think about how to depict a woman both young and old. Gollon then attended the wedding of one of his daughters friends, and noticed how some young women would replace their high heels with trainers to go onto the dance floor. It was then the image started to be both young and old in a single figure. Gollon's skilful use of fine artist's spray paints to depict movement is apparent, as is his mastery of black, against which is silhouetted a still life, which might also be a couple on the edge of the dance floor that rises up to an infinite night.
Collection of Eleanor McEvoy. First shown in 'NAKED MUSIC' exhibition and album launch at Gallery Different, London, curated by IAP Fine Art. Loaned to the 2019-2020 museum retrospective of Chris Gollon's music-related works 'CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon', at the Huddersfield Art Gallery.
2016, NAKED MUSIC, London 2019-2020 museum retrospective of Chris Gollon's music-related works 'CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon', at the Huddersfield Art Gallery
NAKED MUSIC: The Songbook (Hot Press Books, Dublin, 2016) ISBN: 978-0-9576114-2-9 CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon. Published 2019 by IAP Fine Art, in association with Huddersfield Art Gallery & Kirklees Council, Ed. Tregunna, David. ISBN 978-0-9530584-3-3