Art is a personal risk presented in a decisive form that welcomes praise while expecting rejection d.n.carney
I recently began to appreciate the work of Irish born painter Francis Bacon. Looking at his work, you, no doubt, will agree that he took risks. His paintings are often violent works, with the subject often distorted or in the process of moving. The subjects were committing violence, having sex, taking drugs, or suffering the effects of a life of excess. He did not belong to any art movement, but developed his own style. Because of the time he lived and worked in, Bacon would be considered a modern risk taking artist.
Talk about risk…Flesh is a major part of this work, which went on to become a central theme throughout the rest of his career. Even his portraits took on the appearance of flesh that could just as easily be hanging in a butcher shop.
In an interview with him, he said “It came to me as an accident…I had no intention to do this picture; I never thought of it in that way. It was like one continuous accident mounting on top of another.”
Francis Bacon died in 1992 and therefore will not participate in the Open Studio Tour on August 20-21 in the four beautiful coastal towns of Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth… but 74 other risk taking artists will.