Auerbach Frank JYM Seated

Auerbach Frank JYM Seated

Frank Auerbach b Berlin. 1931
J Y M Seated in the Studio VI. 1988. Oil on canvas. Private collection

Auerbach Frank JYM Seated in the Studio VI

The surface of this picture, which is a portrait of one of the artist’s regular sitters, looks like wet newspapers compressed into ridges and gullies. Auerbach is well known for his technique. Brushfuls of paint arc dragged in violent swirls across the picture surface, creating arms and eyes, legs and cheeks. These are not restful, comfortable works to look at; instead they invite the view er into a world of squashy movement, as thick and sensuous as peanut butter.

Auerbach is a member of the School of London, but uses paint in a different way to the others in this loose grouping of artists. He adds thick layers and then scrapes them back, creating the subject through his manipulation of the paint and the surface. Auerbach is known to work with great discipline, regularly from morning till night, even’ day. His studio has remained unchanged since 1954. when he inherited it from his friend Leon Kossoff.