Gimme Some Wine (Final), 122cm x 91 cm, by Chris Gollon, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017
9 March 2017 IAP opens new Monmouth gallery with GIMME SOME WINE - major Eleanor McEvoy and Chris Gollon collaboration
Official opening with exclusive performance by Eleanor McEvoy and Preview of Chris Gollon Exhibition 8th March, 6.30pm-8.30pm (Guest list only)
Leading contemporary art gallery, IAP Fine Art has relocated to Monmouth, opening a new space as part of the £1.25m redevelopment of the former Colleg Gwent building in the Church Street conservation area.
Gimme Some Wine (after Eleanor McEvoy) is the title of IAP’s opening exhibition (9 March-29 April) presenting a new series of 23 paintings by the acclaimed English artist Chris Gollon created in collaboration with the celebrated Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. Gimme Some Wine shows paintings inspired by a McEvoy song of the same title around the theme of women and their experiences of love and mid-life, which in turn was inspired by a Gollon painting. Both artists will be opening the gallery on 8 March, an event to include a concert by McEvoy that is already sold-out.
The artistic collaboration began by chance when McEvoy bought one of Gollon’s paintings ‘Champagne Sheila’ a work that provided inspiration for ‘Naked Music’, her latest album. The songs in Naked Music are about women’s experiences and passions in mid-life: ‘Dreaming of Leaving’ describes a daydream about running away from domesticity. In ‘Wrong So Wrong’ a woman is kept awake at night by lustful thoughts about a man she wants as a lover. The songs have a female perspective and give an elegant yet honest voice to the taboo subject of female sexuality in mid-life. Some of the songs she co-wrote with Lloyd Cole others with Dave Rotheray (of The Beautiful South). Before the album was released she sent it to Chris Gollon, asking him to paint a single painting that she would buy and use as the album cover. However Gollon was so taken with the lyrics - and how it allows men into female thought and experience - he ended up creating four paintings, two on the ‘naked’ theme and two related to song titles and lyrics. And his creative drive didn’t stop there. In the end Gollon completed 24 paintings related to the album. In turn McEvoy composed songs inspired by the new paintings. “It was a journey of synergy,” she says “during which the ‘naked’ concept influenced my completion of the album and then led to Chris’s extraordinary paintings”.
“Her songs have universal themes while also containing her own personal female and emotional viewpoint.” Says Chris Gollon. “I was particularly struck by the track ‘The Thought of You’ about a woman thinking about an affair but not having one. So my painting ended up as by a man reflecting on the thoughts of a woman. That song took me to a place I can’t get to on my own, but I can at least try to get there with the authentic guidance of an artist of Eleanor’s stature.”
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Notes to Editors
About Chris Gollon
Chris Gollon is an established name in British painting with many solo museum shows in the UK and museum acquisitions including the British Museum. His work has been widely acclaimed in the national press and media and he was featured on Alan Yentob’s BBC1 programme ‘Imagine’, which followed him painting a commission. He has been ‘Critic’s Choice’ in the FT and The Times and has shown in St Paul’s Cathedral with Bill Viola, Tracey Emin and Craigie Aitchison. Gollon’s powerful diptych ‘St Ethelflaeda’ is currently on display in Romsey Abbey and his ‘Fourteen Stations of the Cross’ are permanently installed in the Church of St John on Bethnal Green, designed by Sir John Soane. 2017 also marks Gollon’s national touring exhibition ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ becoming international, as it travels to the cathedrals of Waterford, Cork and Dublin.
Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer-songwriters. She composed the song "Only A Woman's Heart", title track of A Woman's Heart, the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. She has recorded 12 studio albums, winning a multitude of music awards including Hi-Fi+ magazine’s ‘Record of the Year Award’ three times and ‘Best Contemporary Act’ by the Irish Music Magazine.
About IAP Fine Art
IAP Fine Art has represented Chris Gollon since 1994. The artist’s friend and agent David Tregunna founded IAP Fine Art in Bethnal Green, being one of the first galleries to open in the East End, which is now a burgeoning hub for the arts. Thanks to Gollon’s critical success and major sales of his work, IAP then moved to Chelsea and St James’s before relocating to Monmouth. Director, David Tregunna, has curated or co-curated all Gollon’s major exhibitions or commissions, from Gollon’s 8-year long commission for 14 Stations of the Cross for a Sir John Soane Church in East London to a museum commission to paint the Henley Royal Regatta; and more recently Gollon’s national touring exhibition focusing on women from the Bible as it travels to the cathedrals of Durham, Chichester, Norwich and Dublin. “It’s been my privilege and pleasure to represent Chris Gollon over 23 years, since he is one of those artists with both an unending imagination and a superb technical ability to alter the form of painting itself. I’ve always been astonished at the richness and diversity of the new imagery each time I cross the threshold of his studio”.
IAP Fine Art also represents Maggi Hambling and holds work by Graham Sutherland and Peter Howson.
Visitors enter the new gallery from Church Street, with its worn flagstones and central gutter (that once let the blood from the slaughterhouse gush along it) through a Georgian façade into an urban semi-industrial exhibition space with 4m high ceilings.
Monmouth is a market town and cultural centre in the heart of the Wye Valley in Wales, just a few miles over the border with England. It is known for its history that goes back to Roman times and its pretty streets and culture. IAP Fine Art is situated in the pedestrian Church Street area where it joins the Savoy Theatre, the oldest theatre in Wales, great independent bookshops (with book signings and readings by famous authors and celebrities such as Joanna Trollope, Rick Stein and Sir Tony Robinson) and boutiques, a specialist shop for tea connoisseurs, tapas bars, fine dining at #7 Church St and wonderful Georgian thoroughfares and side streets to explore.
The town also has the famous Monnow Bridge, the only remaining fortified river bridge in Great Britain with its gate tower standing on the bridge. It attracts tourists from around the world, and the music scene is very strong with the Rockfield Studios still attracting the biggest names from Oasis to The Stone Roses, Eleanor McEvoy to Coldplay.
David Tregunna, director of IAP Fine Art said: “I have always loved Dylan Thomas and the Welsh countryside so when my friend the celebrity master jeweller Paul Hatton moved to Monmouth I started visiting and fell in love with the region and its rich musical and literary history.”
Gimme Some Wine (after Eleanor McEvoy) New Paintings by Chris Gollon
9 March to 29 April
IAP Fine Art
15 Church St, Monmouth NP25 3BX
T: +44 (0)844 561 1833
OFFICIAL OPENING PARTY AND CONCERT 8 MARCH 6.30-8.30pm
Eleanor McEvoy will give the first performance of her song ‘Gimme Some Wine’ to open the gallery as part of a short concert. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There are a small number of tickets held back for press. Please contact Jessica Wood to book a place firstname.lastname@example.org 07939 226988.
Chris Gollon and Eleanor McEvoy are available for pre-arranged interviews on 8th March and on other dates by request.
High res. images and the ‘Naked Music’ CD and songbook are available by request. A pre-release audio of ‘Gimme Some Wine’ by Eleanor McEvoy can be sent by request.