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Frank Auerbach (b 1931, Berlin) is a British artist who has made some of the most vibrant, alive and inventive paintings of recent times. Often compared to Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in terms of the revolutionary and powerful nature of his work, his depictions of people and the urban landscapes near his London studio show him to be one of the greatest painters alive today.
Tate Britain’s 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.
Working 365 days a year, Auerbach produces his characteristically tactile and visually dynamic painting in the same studio he has occupied since 1954. For half a century he has worked in an uncompromising way, scraping back the surface of the canvas to start and re-start the painting process daily. He begins afresh over months or years until the finished painting is realised in a matter of hours, having finally surprised him: ‘What I wanted to do was to record the life that seemed to me to be passionate and exciting and disappearing all the time’.
Frank Auerbach, Head of J.Y.M ll 1984-85, Oil on canvas