Francis Bacon consistently and deliberately based his paintings on the photographic material he collected in his studios, most famously so in the last one at 7 Reece Mews, London, for this purpose. Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography brings together Bacon’s pictorial springboards for the first time and delineates and interprets recurring patterns and methods, but also highlights the limitations of Bacon’s interest in photography.
My essay “‘Take it very much further away from the photograph’ – How Francis Bacon (1909–1992) appropriated the photographs of John Deakin (1912–1972)”, which I published in the British Art Journal in winter 2018/2019, is now available on Jstor: https://www.jstor.org/stable/48584557
Many years of blood, sweat and tears came to an end when I submitted my PhD thesis and passed my viva at the University of Cologne this summer. On the Trail of Francis Bacon – Painting from Photography explores the artist’s relationship to photography analysing his collection habits, working environment and methods, and the dynamics of his appropriation process. WATCH THIS SPACE
In 2016 I did a research project with The John Deakin Archive on the artistic exchange between John Deakin and Francis Bacon. ‘Take it very much further away from the photograph’, an essay on how Bacon appropriated Deakin’s photographs, has just been published in the The British Art Journal, vol. XIX, no.3, Winter 2018/2019.
‘FiSH Neighbourhood Care aims to inspire a caring community where older people live fulfilling, independent lives knowing that help willingly given by neighbours is at hand.’ I am delighted to contribute to their programme with a free lecture on Francis Bacon’s portraits after photographs, at their Barnes Green Centre, London, at 11.12.2018.
‘In other words, less emphasis is put on the knowledge of art and familiarity with it’s research material.’ I am looking forward to speaking at the conference ‘Connoisseurship in Contemporary Art Research’ taking place in Helsinki in November and organised by the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, University of Helsinki and University of Turku. A theme close to my heart!