CHRIS GOLLON: Humanity in Art

Tamsin Pickeral, 2010
Softback
CHRIS GOLLON: Humanity in Art
Publisher: Hyde & Hughes
Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2.25 cm
Pages: 272
isbn-13: 978-0-9563851-0-9
£ 20.00

An in-depth biography of leading contemporary artist Chris Gollon and a lively and studied account of his work, his imagery and innovative techniques, by leading art historian Tamsin Pickeral. Published by Hyde & Hughes, and endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE.  Tamsin Pickeral first encountered Chris Gollon's work when she was writing her highly-acclaimed and best-selling book 'The Dog: 5,000 Years of the Dog in Art' (Merrell, 2008), and included Gollon's 'Anubis & Charon'.  She was so taken with the artist she embarked upon this biography of Chris Gollon, an artist who brings humanity in all its forms to the canvas, in works often gently ironic and markedly perceptive. This book also gives the reader insights into Gollon’s creative imagination, as well as his innovative techniques in painting and printmaking. Unconventional and often challenging, Gollon has breathed new direction into contemporary painting. Bringing his fascinating life peopled with musicians, enormous characters, strange occurrences, desperate lows and great successes to the canvas, he now counts amongst one of the twenty-first century's most important, and charismatic artists. Quotes from the books cover:

"Chris Gollon's work is wonderfully provocative and inspiring and added an exciting new dimension to the Being Human project at Durhams Institute of Advanced Study on the Palace Green world heritage site."
Bill Bryson OBE, International author and Durham University Chancellor

"Like [Stanley] Spencer, he dramatises the everyday in contemporary images and, depicting our clumsy, ridiculous ordinariness, brings alive for a modern, cynical audience the ghastly dissonance of this story of good and evil, sacrifice and humanity, answering on its own terms a 21st-century culture that regards the heroic as absurd."
Critics Choice, Jackie Wullschlager, Chief Visual Arts Critic, Financial Times