Signed and dated 1961. Retailed by David Kier Fine Art, label on reverse. A compelling, somewhat disturbing image by Francis Bacon’s homie.
Reginald Gray (1930 – 29 March 2013) was a portrait artist born in Dublin. He studied at The National College of Art (1953) and then moved to London, becoming part of the School of London led by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach. In 1960, he painted a portrait of Bacon which now hangs in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. He subsequently painted portraits from life of writers, musicians and artists such as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Brendan Behan, Garech Browne, Derry O’Sullivan, Alfred Schnittke, Ted Hughes, Rupert Everett and Yves Saint Laurent. In 1993 Gray had a retrospective exhibition at UNESCO Paris and in 2006, his portrait “The White Blouse” won the Sandro Botticelli Prize in Florence, Italy
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