Finding this gallery was a trial. On the day we set off, in search of Mr Francis Bacon’s studio at the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery, the rain was pouring and I must admit Dublin felt every bit the Georgian city it is, but on this very wet morning in the middle of summer (Dublin style), it was hard work for a couple of soft centered art appreciating Sydneysiders. But we will soldier on in the name of great art !
Having said all of that, this gallery is a must, as it offers a body of work that is nothing but top shelf. This is a wonderful gallery with works by contemporary artist Mr Sean Scully in a line up of great Irish artist .
But our main reason for going to Dublin this time, was to see their presentation of Mr Francis Bacon studio and his work – it did not disappoint! By this stage, you have gathered we are great fans of his art, I’m not sure where to start as it was all very good but I suppose his studio that has been relocated piece by piece in its entirety from 7 Reece Mews, London is the highlight. With splattered paint on walls, books and magazines stacked up, cut up canvases, Melvyn Bragg’s celebrated interview, a micro-gallery with touch-screen terminals.
You can not imagine how this great artist worked – he found inspiration in this. All lovers of art should make a trip to this Gallery as there is so much more to Mr Francis Bacon – like the love of painting on the wrong side of the canvas. This man is one of the geniuses of his time.
And in exciting news for Sydney – the first major Australian exhibition of Mr Francis Bacon’s painting is on at the Art Gallery of NSW from 17 November 2012 – 17 February 2013. Surveying Mr Bacon’s life and work, this exhibition will present some 50 paintings as well as archival material from the artist’s studio. This will give Sydneysiders some great insights into the working of this important 20th century contemporary artist. Go see it.
DUBLIN CITY HUGH LANE GALLERY
Parnell Square North