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Two artists whose work I think crawls out from the oceans of surrealism are Olaf Hajek and Wangechi Mutu.

Olaf Hajek Africa Greed

Olaf Hajek Africa Greed 2011

Olaf Hajek Africa Tree of the Ancient Life

Olaf Hajek Africa Tree of the Ancient Life 2011

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu Mountain of Prayer 2014

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu Even 2014

for more check out:
Olaf Hajek’s Site
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The Victoria Miro for Wangechi Mutu
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Francis Bacon

Study for Crouching Nude

Francis Bacon

Part of a Triptych – Three Studies of the Human Body

Francis Bacon

Head in Grey

Recently visited the Francis Bacon retrospective at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The paintings have a raw, visceral, appearance, we are faced with the skeleton, the flesh and blood the grotesqueness and the pain. I was interested to see how little paint Bacon used. In Andrew Durham’s essay “Note on Technique” he quotes Bacon’s own words that the image is realised through ‘the transforming effect of cultivated accidents of paint’. They are produced from ‘a kind of pool of consciousness’ that becomes manifest in a plastic image. Bacon must have thought hard and struggled to control or subvert the subconscious marks into an image that was in some way correlated to what he was trying to achieve, otherwise surely the colours and marks would have become more numerous and polluted. I was also interested in the lines that Francis Bacon made to map out space. It is unusual to find an artist using flat areas of colour and yet at the same time considering the forms as contained, existing within a space. It is almost as if that for Bacon the forms and the space are one, they cannot exist without each other. The body occupies a space and the space needs the body to bring it into existence.