In autumn 2014, Chris Gollon painted a series of works entitled Martyrdom of St Cecilia, after the patron saint of music. The series’ theme came from Gollon’s experience at the Henley Festival, where a number of champagne-fuelled ‘corporate hospitality’ guests would shout or talk across the quartets, well-known singers and solo musicians, and be totally oblivious to the various and wonderful performances. Gollon felt for the musicians and saw it as a sort of martyrdom, developing the idea to its height in this major 4-panel work: 'The Last Pianist (II)'.
Courtesy IAP Fine Art and Chris Gollon estate. First shown at Gallery Different in London, curated by IAP Fine Art; subsequently at the Henley Festival 2014. Loaned from the artist's estate to the 2019-2020 museum retrospective of Chris Gollon's music-related works 'CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon', at the Huddersfield Art Gallery.
Henley Festival 2014, with live performance from Yi Yao and her quartet. 2019-2020 (panels 8 - 9) museum retrospective of Chris Gollon's music-related works 'CHRIS GOLLON: Beyond the Horizon', at the Huddersfield Art Gallery
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