About this artwork

The park at Primrose Hill, near Auerbach’s studio in Camden Town, is one of the artist’s favourite motifs. This work was painted in 1961-62 in a range of brown tones; it was then put aside and completely re-worked in 1964 in brighter colours. The practice of painting, scraping off paint, and repainting is integral to the artist’s working process, resulting in works which are thickly encrusted with paint. Auerbach’s subjects, whether people or places, come from his immediate surroundings as he prefers to be familiar with what he paints in order to capture the essence of his subject. Auerbach has depicted Primrose Hill in all seasons and weathers.

Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach

Born in Berlin, Auerbach left Nazi Germany in 1939 to live in England. After the war he settled in London. In 1954 he took over the Camden Town studio of his fellow artist and close friend Leon Kossoff and he has used the same studio ever since. Auerbach has painted mainly landscapes and townscapes in the Camden Town area, and portraits of a few close friends. These friends sit for him regularly every week and have done so for a number of years. Auerbach spends a long time on each painting, making many preliminary drawings. His paintings are characterised by extremely thick layers of paint. Although this has the appearance of accumulating over several months, the artist regularly scrapes off all the paint to start afresh.