'Incarnation, Mary & Women from The Bible' by Chris Gollon
From Tuesday 17th February 09:30
to Monday 13th April 16:30
Such has been the press and public response to this exhibition and the sensitive, innovative and thought-provoking depiction of women - from both Old and New Testaments - that it has now become a major national touring exhibition to British cathedrals in 2015.
Gollon has chosen some women without names in the Bible, such as Job’s wife. He has also enjoyed creating a new image for each cathedral, in the case of Norwich he has included ‘Julian of Norwich’ (pictured) and ‘Madonna of the Apple’ following conversations with The Revd Dr Peter Doll, Canon Librarian at Norwich Cathedral.
Gollon revisits traditional religious iconography such as the Pieta, which is one half of a diptych; but he is also trying to pose questions that to him have been unanswered in the Bible, such as what happened to Job’s wife? He brings the role of women to the fore in his images of Salome and also depicts the bravery of the Women of Jerusalem, depicting them with great psychological depth and as feisty, strong, modern women placed very much to the fore in the scenes from the Bible. Gollon was keen to carry the theme beyond the Bible to paint remarkable women who came later such as St Lucy and Julian of Norwich.
The exhibition includes paintings on paper and canvas - some of the largest works the artist has ever painted - and is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with texts by award-winning novelist Sara Maitland, art historian and writer Tamsin Pickeral, the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bishop and theologian Revd Canon Dr Julie Gittoes.
Open Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-4.30pm, and on Sundays 12.00-3.00pm.
Exhibitions are open to all and admission is free.
For further information about the work of this celebrated artist, visit www.chrisgollon.com.