Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong presents the exhibition Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What Is A Head?, featuring portraits by two of Britain’s leading figurative painters, curated by Michael Peppiatt. The concept for this show is based on the exhibition organised by Michael in 1998 at the Musée Maillol in Paris under the title L’Ecole de Londres de Bacon à Bevan, which traced the influence of Bacon, Freud, Auerbach and Kossoff on the younger generation of figurative artists working in London. The current exhibition follows Auerbach’s first solo exhibition in Asia at Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong in 2013, and three solo exhibitions of Bevan’s work in the Hong Kong gallery.
A generation apart, Bevan and Auerbach share a fascination for the conceptual and painterly possibilities of reinventing heads. For both artists, the head is the centre that controls everything we do, it is rife with contradiction and yet to both remains the prime vessel of human life.