No artist's studio rivals Francis Bacon's in terms of sheer iconic pungency. The artist's furious hurricanes of creativity were writ large upon its walls, scattered across its floors in a sea of paint pots, brushes, discarded canvases and much-abused source and reference materials, all of... read more
“I feel at home here in this chaos because chaos suggests images to me.”
“The loose leaf was one of many reproductions of Bacon's own paintings torn from books, magazines and catalogues, as well as photographs, which were found in the Studio and which lined the wall of his kitchen. They are indicative of how Bacon continually looked at his own paintings as sources of inspiration. As well as offering the opportunity for continuously looking at previous compositions and subjects, Bacon also on occasion over-painted these reproductions of his own finished paintings as another way of exploring and developing new compositional and pictorial ideas in his work.”
“The nuances, working practices and climate of the Studio allow for a comprehension of solidarity of what Bacon was doing or trying to do. Like Bacon, his material grew old and fragile, was trampled on, torn and decayed. This process of mutation was important for Bacon as it moved towards decrepitude it took on other significance. The works on their own had a particular significance but when put together meant something entirely different.”
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