GOLLON, Chris

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Born London 1953, Gollon has enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions in the UK, major museum acquisitions and public commissions. He has exhibited at Art Chicago and also with Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk inROOT, a crossover exhibition of contemporary music and art created by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, at Chisenhale Gallery, London.

His work is attracting increasing acclaim in the national press and specialist arts press:Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, Aesthetica, BBC Radio 4, BBC1 News, and Alan Yentob’s BBC1 programme Imagine. His film collaboration with JABOD, entitledKaleidomorphism One, was premiered in London at the East End Film Festival (2008). Novelist Sara Maitland’s book Stations of the Cross (Continuum, London & New York 2009) was wholly inspired by and features Gollon’s 14 paintings of the Stations of the Cross, which were commissioned by the Church of England for a Sir John Soane church in East London. Chris Gollon was both First Artist in Residence and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (2009), Durham University, and accepted an invitation to return as Artist in Residence at St Maryʼs College Apr-Jun 2011.

Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art by art historian Tamsin Pickeral (Hyde & Hughes) was published in 2010, endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE. in 2011, one of his Gollon’s paintings was used as part of the story in the Hollywood film Twilight: Breaking Dawn (I). In 2012, The Art of Chris Gollon application for iPads launched worldwide. Chris Gollon is currently working on a unique 50-50 collaboration with Grammy-nominated virtuoso Chinese accordionist Yi Yao, which is already being talked about in the international music press (see June issue of Gramophone, where Gollon and Will Self are interviewed about the effect of music on their work).  He is also working toward a major solo show in Guildford Cathedral in early 2014, which will also be accompanied by a catalogue with texts by art historians and award-winning novelist Sara Maitland.