!!to be further elaborated as I finalise Assignments 4 and 5
Francis Bacon’s edgy, visceral paintings tapping the unconscious a key source of inspiration for:
- Assignment 2: The Human Condition 3: Fury
- Assignment 4: Self Portrait (forthcoming)
- Assignment 5: Memory (forthcoming)
Quotations from the videos below:
We do with our lives what we can. And then we die. What else is there?
If anything ever does work in my case chance, and what I call ‘accident’ takes over.
Gamble everything on the next brush stroke…different strokes trying to do something else then develop themselves
How are you going to trap reality? How are you going to trap an appearance without making an illustration of it?
- Colour of meat is beautiful
Issues for my printmaking:
- Feeling the form as it emerges – particularly with monoprint or inking collagraph plates. One thing can turn into another.
- Can work from photographs for portraits. But observe – Bacon could not draw.
- Shadows do not need to relate to a subject – making them different can create considerable tension
- his tryptichs ‘don’t relate to each other, but they play off one another…the balance seems better with three’
Tate Gallery Retrospective with words from Francis Bacon spoken by John Hurt
BBC Archive film
His last interview
Works set to music
Resources and references
- Francis Bacon website
- Francis Bacon Education Pack (downloadable pdf)
- Francis Bacon at the Tate
- Brighton, A. (1966). Francis Bacon. London, Tate Gallery Publishing.
- Gale, M. and C. Stephens. (2008). “Francis Bacon.”
- Russell, J. (1971). Francis Bacon. London, Thames & Hudson.