Frank Auerbach: Unseen

02 April to 14 August 2022


“…again and again in this terrific selection in a spacious, meditative 18th-century house, you are gripped by fragments of human experience grasped so vividly and forcefully that they restore your sense of what it is to be human.”
Jonathan Jones, The Guardian  ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


“It feels almost as if you are standing beside the artist in his studio, listening as he explains his interest in structural masses, in the kinetic energy of light or how empty spaces may feel more like presences than gaps.”
– Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times  ⋆⋆⋆⋆



Newlands House Gallery is celebrating the renowned German-British artist Frank Auerbach with an exhibition of works spanning over 60 years of his prolific career.

Opening 2nd April, Newlands House Gallery presents ‘Frank Auerbach: Unseen’ that will explore the evolution of the contemporary painter’s practice with a collection of over 65 works, including nine paintings, etchings, drawings and Drypoint prints. Presented within Newlands House Gallery’s Georgian building in the historic town of Petworth, on display will be works spanning from the 1950s to present day that portray Auerbach as a tireless creator, while reflecting on the influences and relationships that have informed his striking style. A collection of works by the artist, on loan from the Tate, will also be displayed together for the first time in 30 years.

Curated by Maya Binkin, Newlands House Gallery Artistic Director.

Frank Auerbach (b.1931) is renowned for his resonant figurative works that are defined by rich texture and depth. Auerbach’s works are created by a relentless process of painting a canvas before scraping away to start again, which is a technique that he undertakes multiple times to complete works in one sitting. Frank Auerbach: Unseen will unravel the development of this unique practice with a large collection of works presented chronologically, including loans from the National Gallery, Tate, and Fitzwilliam Museum.

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