Hello, my name is Padraig Murphy and the title of my work is ‘Figurative Abstraction’. I started of my project by research some works by Francis Bacon. I decided to base my research of Bacon because I find him to be one of the most enigmatic artists who has ever lived. I find his work to be figurative and abstract at the same time. It appears to exist on this dual plain, where the figure is almost physically pushed to it most abstract limit. While still holding on to the core of the figure, despite their visceral biomorphic qualities. Four works by Bacon that I particularly found influential are titled; ‘Crucifixion’ – 1933, ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X’ – 1953, ‘Painting’ – 1953, ‘Landscape near Malabata, Tangier’ – 1963. The title; ‘Crucifixion’, radiates this pseudo religious connotations, making obvious reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Bacon chose to represent Christ as this ghostly, dissected corpse that almost appears to be emerging out of this stark background. As if the image of Christ on the cross is coming to the fore. From our own individual subconscious to conscious state of mind. One of the most poignant features in this work, I find to be just below the half way horizontal point on the right side of the canvas. We see three distinctive swishes of paint. These three marks could be represented as three pieces of ribs from a human beings rib cage. These three ribs could be a subtle symbolic reference to the holy trinity. The father, son & Holy Ghost. The individual figure appears encapsulated, concentrated yet still maintaining this fragility.
Furthermore my work explores such concepts as existentialism, bio-morphic Surrealism, Psychic and Physical Space. Artists I am currently researching are Joybo Monk, Lucas Samaras, and Chaim Soothe.