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Institute of Advanced Study

Chris Gollon 'Being Human' Exhibition

(13 May 2009)

Ecstasy (Cartoon---Charles Bonnet Syndrome)

Ecstasy (Cartoon---Charles Bonnet Syndrome)

Established British artist Chris Gollon was a Fellow and first Artist in Residence at the Institute of Advanced Study from January until March 2009. His powerful and innovative paintings came to the attention of the Directors of the IAS in 2007, and together with some of the world’s leading academics and creative thinkers he was invited to take part in the Institute's 'Being Human' theme. This exhibition at IAP Fine Art, London, entitled ‘Being Human’, shows the 16 paintings that Chris completed during his residency and also the preliminary work that he completed in preparation prior to taking up his Fellowship. The paintings were first exhibited in Durham at a special preview on 19 March 2009 before being moved to London for the May/June exhibition. Chris has generously gifted two of the 16 pictures to the Institute which will be permanently hung in Cosin’s Hall at the close of the Being Human exhibition.

The exhibition is running until 28 June 2009 and is accompanied by a 52-page colour catalogue, with texts by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, and Directors and Fellows of the IAS. 'BEING HUMAN' paintings by CHRIS GOLLON is on sale at £10 from IAP Fine Art, London during the Being Human exhibition, and is also available by post (£10 plus £2.50 p&p in UK, or £6 worldwide).
The exhibition comes immediately after the successful installation of Chris’s 14 Stations of the Cross into the Church of St John on Bethnal Green, a commission that has been 8 years in the making. Unveiled by the Bishop of London, this powerful and moving series of paintings were installed permanently in the Church of St John on Bethnal Green in spring 2009, transforming this historic church, designed by Sir John Soane and located adjacent to the Museum of Childhood, into a major visitor attraction in East London. Continuum Books in London & New York has also published award-winning novelist Sara Maitland's book entitled 'Stations of the Cross', which is solely a book of her reflections on Chris Gollon's paintings of the Stations of the Cross. This book is also available to purchase from IAP Fine Art.

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