Crucifixion, 1933 & Untitled #06-23-17-534, 2017

My last post was on my relationship with Edvard Munch, one of many connections I have with other artists that fascinates me. Recently, a well-respected curator upon seeing my work, said that I am “having a conversation with the history of art.”  I have felt this for years and thought I would explore some of those connections through my blog.

Etude Du Corps Humaine D’après Ingres, 1984, & Untitled #5893, 1984

Francis Bacon (1909-1992.) is another inspiration of mine whose work has penetrated my psyche and whose influence pops out in my own images periodically. The first time I saw any of Bacon’s paintings was at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1989, and the impact was immediate, powerful and permanent.

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion circa 1944, & Untitled #5978, 1994

As discussed in a previous post on “Originality”, Bacon’s influence is the result of a long, intuitive exploration, wherein the experience of his images has heightened my self awareness and gives form to previously undefined feelings and thoughts. Along with the work of other artists I’ll be examining and highlighting on the blog, the resemblances illustrated here are unintentional, and the echoes of their work through my own are the articulation of a deeper, psychological encounter.

Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1953, & Untitled #5978, 1994

I’m looking forward to sharing more of these connections, and of course to hearing any thoughts or feedback from readers!

Francis Bacon & Me

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