Frank Auerbach corrects the comparison between art and travelling: 'It's not a question of a protean adventurer – the traveller's unaltered and what he sees changes. Likewise the artist is the man in front of the writing-pad or in front of the easel, and things around him change and he doesn't change – that's the connection.'
Auerbach has worked in the same studio since taking it over from his friend and fellow Royal College student, Leon Kossoff, in 1954. Just over the way, on the junction of Camden High Street, Mornington Crescent and Crowndale Road, the Camden Theatre is another stayer. It opened on Boxing Day 1900, and has seen out over a century of bombs, demolition, and passing trends, playing host to the music hall, cinema, BBC radio, all-night parties and pop concerts, through assorted reincarnations (the Palace Theatre, the Camden Hippodrome, the Music Machine, the Camden Palace, Koko). It is on the periphery of a network of theatres designed by W. G. R. Sprague, whose ice-cream architecture (cloudy pastiches of Georgian, Baroque and Louis XVI styles) pervades the West End, a London peculiar. For a full painting description on the British Council’s website please click on the link below under ‘More on this painting’
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