Posted Tuesday, 20 October, 2015 by Sarah John
Frank Auerbach at Tate Britain
9 October 2015-13 March 2016
Tate Britain’s Frank Auerbach exhibition, featuring paintings and drawings from the 1950s to the present day, offers fascinating new insights into his work. The depth, texture and sense of space in a painting by Auerbach makes standing in front of one a unique and unforgettable experience.
For half a century he has lived and worked in the same part of London, in Camden Town, one of the major subjects of his work.
“What I wanted to do was to record the life that seemed to me to be passionate and exciting and disappearing all the time. This part of London is my world. I’ve been wandering around these streets for so long that I’ve become attached to them and as fond of them as people are to their pets.”Frank Auerbach
Estelle Lovatt, Sky TV art critic and Hampstead School of Art tutor attended the exhibition opening:
“There are images of the local area, including, portraits of people, people you’d not physically recognise from their likeness if you saw them in the flesh. But you’d ‘sense’ their presence, their body and their character, their spirit unearthed from underneath the skin of his sitter, erupting across the pictorial space like a hurricane of tone, colour and emotion. You just want to lick them.”
Do visit and let us know what your reaction is to this local artist.