Artist of the Week: Francis Bacon

“OK, I got Velazquez portrait of the Pope Innocent X. Quite an ambivalent study of absolute power. And here comes Francis Bacon. Despite never having seen this painting in person, Bacon became so obsessed with it that he compulsively repainted it over and over again, each version more horrific than the previous. […] It’s not until an artist finds his obsession that he can create his most inspired work.”Anamorph

Obsession is a nasty word. Or so most people think.

Obsession and vice go hand in hand. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, adverbs, and obsessions.

But art is also built by people who are obsessed with the act of creating beauty. People who have a certain vision and will stop at nothing to achieve it.


Showcase: Kate Murray


“I was a troubled child, I didn’t fit in. I was subject to bullying, a social outcast. The kid who runs into the library at lunchtime because they have no one to talk to. That was me…”
“I didn’t learn to read until I was 11. But I could draw. I have always drawn. At first it was mice. I even sold them to classmates for pennies. Then I moved on to any animal and insect. I remember having a massive A2 sketchpad that was filled with huge drawings of spiders and centipedes. I drew everything. My school work was filled with lions and tigers, some eating, some drinking and others just staring out of the page. I’m guessing that my parents may have been asked to curb my enthusiasm, but how do you stop a child communicating when all they use are drawings?

Then at 11 I learnt to read. I learnt to write and I started to understand other artists. My artwork started to evolve and in many ways it still is. I’m still learning.

Why do I draw? Because it is a fundamental part of me. I wouldn’t be Kate without a canvas on the easel and an ink smudge on my hand. I draw every day. It is the same to me as breathing.
I exhibit as part of a group in Wales, Celf Canolbarth Cymru and although I haven’t had a solo exhibition yet I am hoping to soon…
” – Kate Murray

If you’d like to have your artwork showcased on irevuo, you can find more info here.

Showcase: Sarah Valeri

“I once had a friend congratulate me on the fact that I had managed to keep art as my illegal activity. This does not mean that I was involved in anything that would draw the ire of authorities, or even censorship, or a proper gasp. I think my friend was thinking of illegal art as something unsanctioned. For many years whatever I made was certainly unnoticed, and certainly private. It was not so much unsanctioned as simply unrecognized or unseen. I kept it alive. There is no need to discuss whether or not this was a good or a bad decision. At the end of the day I still appreciated this phrase because if there was approval or support, my youngest drawings and paintings would not have formed. I do not think of them as illegal so much as I think of them as mine. 
    And then well, they go. Eventually I began to exhibit a few paintings here and there, becoming accustomed to the fact that many other experiences, memories, and associations are blended into them. Building the symbol further out of my control. It’s better for me to let them go once I am done.” – Sarah Valeri
If you’d like to have your artwork showcased on irevuo, you can find more info here.