Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 60.0cm x 50.0cm (23.75″ x 19.75″)
Francis Bacon’s work is a powerful assault on the nervous system. I am drawn to this and the way he makes marks in his work to torment and distort the figure. Discovering more about Bacon’s personality I was fascinated by the way he could often take a sudden dislike to someone or something. One moment he would be buying Champagne for the members of the Colony Club in Soho and the next he would be launching into a scathing personal attack into someone. This painting is hopefully the moment Bacon morphs from generous and friendly soul of the party, to the ruthless and merciless artist wielding his brush.
Bacon by Joe Giampalma
Joe Giampalma’s work concentrates on the idea of capturing a persons’ mood and personality at a glance. He works quickly with expressive brush and knife marks to try and attain a sense of movement within his paintings. This process sometimes distorts and twists the figure out of recognition completely and although he feels likeness to the subject is important, he believes that it is vital that he leaves his response to the subject through expressive and vivid marks.