Frank Auerbach is one of Britain’s most celebrated living painters. His paintings have a very recognisable style due to the heavy application of paint. A select number regularly appear in his paintings: they include his wife Julia, a professional model, and his friend and former lover Stella.
Born into a German Jewish family, Auerbach’s parents sent him to England to escape the Nazis, but they were killed during the Holocaust. After the war he settled in London and has spent most of his life based in Camden, an area that has inspired many of his paintings. He was a member of a group of London-based figurative artists called The School of London with Lucian Freud (who also came to England to escape the Nazis) and Francis Bacon.
Auerbach’s technique features heavy layers of oil paint on the canvas making them almost sculptural. They are sometimes displayed flat, rather than hung, due to the weight of the paint on the canvas.
His most well-known pieces include Head Of J. M. II, Head Of E. O. W. IV and Head Of Julia.