Founded in 2004, Ben Brown Fine Arts is a leading contemporary art gallery with locations in London and Hong Kong. The gallery is renowned for our stable of international, multi-disciplinary artists, including Tony Bevan, Yoan Capote, Rob and Nick Carter, Kitty Chou, Awol Erizku, Candida Höfer, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack, Vik Muniz, Nabil Nahas, José Parlá, Enoc Perez, Ena Swansea, Hank Willis Thomas, Gavin Turk and Jan Worst. Active in both the primary and secondary markets, the gallery is recognised for our depth of expertise and inventory in 20th century European and American art.
Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What Is A Head?, curated by Michael Peppiatt, features portraits by two of Britain’s leading figurative painters. 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 Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff on the younger generation of figurative artists working in London.
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, its mysterious significance laying in its endless sparring of juxtaposed natures: impulse and restraint, instinct and order, spontaneity and discipline.
Main Image (above): Installation view from What is a Head? Frank Auerbach/ Tony Bevan at Ben Brown Fine Arts.