Francis Bacon drawings, never before exhibited in London

Untitled, (crucifixion ii)   grease pencil and graphite drawing  Fabriano paper (dry stamp)  paper 100x70cm  frame 118x88cm  signed Francis Bacon
Untitled, (crucifixion ii) grease pencil and graphite drawing Fabriano paper (dry stamp) paper 100x70cm frame 118x88cm signed Francis Bacon

Herrick Gallery is to present a selling exhibition of Francis Bacon drawings, never before exhibited in London, and extraordinary new paintings by Darren Coffield.

The large scale pencil & graphite drawings (mostly 100 x 70cm) and dynamic colour pastel collages (150 x 100cm) by Bacon were made between 1977 and 1992 and donated to his good friend in Italy, Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino. The subjects are often related to the themes of some of Bacon’s most iconic paintings, such as his crucifixions and those after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, and feature distraught faces and distorted bodies in spatial frameworks typical of Bacon’s oeuvre.

Francis Bacon
Untitled, (blue pope) (detail) pastel and coloured paper collage paper 148x99cm frame 174x125cm
signed Francis Bacon

Both artists do figuration with a twist: Bacon’s reinterpretations of the human form are some of the most ground breaking and influential images of the twentieth century, while Coffield’s equally disturbing images are paradoxical puzzles that play with perception. Despite an age difference of sixty years, their paths crossed when they met in the infamous Colony Room Club, in London’s Soho.

Darren Coffield  Bust, 2015  acrylic on die-cut board  42x32cm
Darren Coffield Bust, 2015 acrylic on die-cut board 42x32cm

Complementing the exhibition are five stunning black and white photographs of Bacon taken by award winning photographer Neil Libbert in the 1980s.

FRANCIS BACON / DARREN COFFIELD 13th April – 21st May 2016 Herrick Gallery 93 Piccadilly London W1J 7NQ www.herrickgallery.com

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Darren Coffield Pin Up v, 2015 acrylic on die-cut board 52x41cm

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