Francis Bacon (1909-1992) an Irish born English painter best known for his emotionally charged imagery and experimentation. After traveling to Germany and France as a young man, he settled in London and began a career as a self-taught artist.
Most of his paintings from the 1940s to '60s depict the human figure in scenes that suggest alienation, violence and suffering. Having had to cope with asthma and sinus problems all his life, Francis Bacon was heavily inspired by medical books depicting diseases of the mouth.
Bacon's provocative, expressive work is considered some of the most important art of the postwar era. While on holiday, he died in Madrid, Spain, on April 28, 1992, at the age of 82. His work is owned by major museums around the world, and he has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions.
Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang similarly painted portraits in response to a period of sociopolitical change following the end of China’s Cultural Revolution. While Bacon’s paintings embody the grotesque, Xiaogang delves into memory and nostalgia through his photorealistic style. View his work.
In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, sculptures by Debra Baxter share an interest in human anatomy - its beauty and its deformity - through delicate fusions of alabaster, crystals, and bronze. View her work.