Sitting for Frank Auerbach: ‘It’s rather like being at the dentist’
Frank Auerbach is one of the most intriguing and prolific painters working in Britain today.
A small number of people have sat for him, in his Camden Town studio in north London, every week for up to forty years. He’s made dozens of portraits of each of them, usually scraping off everything he has done in each session before starting anew the following week – always with the intention of reaching the truest, most authentic expression of their likeness, and that moment, he can achieve.
I spoke to four of his most loyal and long-serving sitters – including his son, Jake – for a piece for The Guardian’s g2 Arts section, ahead of a major retrospective at Tate Britain.