Chris Gollon – ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ English Cathedrals Exhibition

Already an established name in British art, Chris Gollon is having a phenomenal year. What started as a solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral in his home county of Surrey in 2014 has snowballed. ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ is such a hit with both secular and religious audiences, with the clergy, and draws huge media attention that it is now a major national touring exhibition to English cathedrals. Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance, this year it has travelled to the cathedrals of Norwich and Chichester, is now in Durham Cathedral (2nd Oct – 2nd Nov) before travelling to Hereford for Advent. The exhibition focuses on the complexity of women’s experience of the Biblical narrative and also sheds light on women who are nameless or forgotten like Job’s wife, the first woman to question God’s actions. For each cathedral Gollon adds a new work. At Chichester, partial inspiration came from Chris Gollon reading Carol Ann Duffy’s book ‘The World’s Wife’, which lead to him painting the first ever image of Judas Iscariot’s Wife. His image of her imploding with grief as she holds her husband’s suicide note, whilst also hearing news of the forthcoming Crucifixion is heart rending. Although not particularly religious himself, Gollon’s gift is to bring these women and their stories back to life, drawing us into the human drama of the Biblical stories and making them relevant today. The exhibition has been featured in The Independent, on BBC Radio 3 and drew the attention of Clare Balding, who interviewed Chris on her BBC Radio 2 programme Good Morning Sunday. The price of Gollon’s work is rising steadily and more national media attention is in the pipeline.

Chris Gollon has enjoyed many solo museum shows in the UK and has works in important public collections including the British Museum. The latest book on his life and work is ‘Humanity in Art’ by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, and is endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE. Gollon is currently working on a new series of paintings that are an artistic collaboration with acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, which will be unveiled in a solo exhibition at IAP Fine Art in London in January. Eleanor McEvoy will launch her new album in the exhibition. Details on Chris Gollon and his future exhibitions are on his official information website:

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Brownhill Insurance Group Sponsors Chris Gollon Exhibition at Guildford Cathedral

Brownhill Insurance Group is delighted to sponsor established British artist Chris Gollon’s major solo exhibition at Guildford Cathedral, which opens in early 2014. The exhibition, Incarnation, Mary & Women from The Bible, is hosted in Gollon’s home county of Surrey and depicts female figures from the Old and New Testaments, looking anew and giving a modern representation of these women for a contemporary consciousness.

England’s second youngest cathedral, Guildford Cathedral, will not only provide a hugely impressive backdrop for Gollon’s large scale works, but provides a thematic grounding for this exhibition.

Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible will run from 28th January until 3rd March 2014 and will be available for public view on either side of the nave of Guildford Cathedral. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour catalogue with texts by award-winning novelist Sara Maitland and art historian Tamsin Pickeral.

IAP Fine Art represents Chris Gollon and the exhibition is being sponsored by Brownhill Insurance Group in partnership with Markel – Specialist Insurers. The exhibition is also being sponsored by Catalyst Lifestyle.

Brownhill Insurance Group will be inviting its VIP Art Club members the private view of the exhibition on the 28th January. If you would like apply for tickets to this event, please email us at or call us on 020 8353 8918 referencing the “Chris Gollon Private View”.