Chris Gollon: Stations of the Cross –new catalogue

We are delighted to shortly be publishing a brand new ISBN numbered fine art catalogue on Chris Gollon’s Fourteen Stations of the Cross. It marks the tenth anniversary of their installation in the grade-one listed Church of St John on Bethnal, designed by Sir John Soane, next to the V&A Museum of Childhood in east London. It also marks the installation in the church’s upper gallery of three related works to the Stations, which have kindly been donated to the church by a private patron. One of these works is ‘Judas Iscariot & The Magdalene’, which we believe is the only painting in art history of Judas alone with the Magdalene. Chris Gollon did not paint himself in his Stations, but did controversially use his own son as the model for Jesus, his daughter as Mary, his wife as Veronica and Fr Alan Green as Nicodemus. However, in ‘Judas Iscariot & The Magdalene’ he has cast himself as Judas, penitent and hanging from a tree. It was partially inspired by Bob Dylan’s lyrics “I can’t think for you/You’ll have to decide/Whether Judas Iscariot/Had God on his side…” (‘With God on Our Side’ first released on 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin’). The new catalogue will feature texts by art critic and author Nicholas Usherwood, Sara Maitland and art historian Tamsin Pickeral……more on this soon…