My article on the working processes and paintings of Frank Auerbach is now available in the October issue of Artists & Illustrators as the painters major retrospective opens at Tate Britain. The exhibition runs from 9th October 2015 until 13th March 2016.
This exhibition which opened at the Kunstmuseum Bonn in June, transfers to London bringing together approximately 70 drawings and paintings from the 1950’s to the present day.
The artist, now 84, paints 365 days a year and has worked from the same studio in north London since 1954. His paintings of people and urban landscapes close to his studio are uncompromising and unique. With each session he begins afresh, scraping down the paint surface to begin and re-start the painting process, building the layers again, and then repeating. A painting may go through this over a period of many months, even years.
His small group of sitters return to the studio on the same day of each week, year after year. The curator of this exhibition, Catherine Lampert has herself been sitting for Auerbach each week for 37 years.