• Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard installation view, Photography by Andrew Smart

  • Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard installation view, Photography by Andrew Smart

  • Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard installation view, Photography by Andrew Smart

  • Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard installation view, Photography by Andrew Smart

  • Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard installation view, Photography by Andrew Smart

  • Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard installation view, Photography by Andrew Smart

Wild Life

12 April – 16 July 2021

Gallery Hours:
Tue-Fri: 10:00-18:00
Sat: 11:00-15:00


Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard, explores the friendship between Francis Bacon (1909–1992) and his long-time friend and muse, the artist Peter Beard (1938–2020) who, despite working on different sides of the world, shared deeply similar personal and creative passions. Beard first met Bacon in 1967, at his exhibition at the Marlborough New London Gallery. The two became friends and admirers of each other’s work and served as one another’s subjects on many occasions over the years.

Organised in collaboration with Peter Beard’s Estate, the exhibition is intended as a celebration of Beard’s life. Works from the period of the two artists’ friendship will be shown side by side for the first time, along with unseen materials from Beard’s archives including letters and photographs gifted to Bacon, and, most importantly, Beard’s diaries, which served as the genesis for his art.

Film

Panel Discussion with Sophie Pretorius, Simon Martin and Pilar Ordovas in partnership with Apollo Magazine for Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard. The discussion is moderated by Apollo editor Thomas Marks.

Installation Video

Audio

 

Catalogue

Wild Life

27 x 29 cm (10 5/8 x 11 3/8 in);

96 pages; fully illustrated in colour;

Designed by Sinead Madden, London;

ISBN 978-1-9996681-7-4

£45


PURCHASE CATALOGUE

Press Release

Wild Life
JANUARY 2021

Press Articles

The Guardian
The safari of horror

The Times
10 top galleries — and what you can buy at them

The Art Newspaper
Lockdown easing: the best gallery shows to see in London right now

Apollo
Animal Instinct

The Daily Beast
New York's Art Gallery Scene is back to Party

Prospect
Trapping the Beast

Peter Beard Studio
Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard

The Estate of Francis Bacon
Monthly Update

Judith Benhamou Reports
Francis Bacon and Peter Beard: an unlikely friendship takes the form of an exhibition in London

The Eye of Photography
Ordovas: Francis Bacon & Peter Beard: Wild Life

Dazed
Exploring the relationship between Francis Bacon and his muse Peter Beard

Artdaily
Wild Life: Exhibition of works by Francis Bacon and Peter Beard on view at Ordovas

The Guardian
Rachel Whiteread's world of interiors and Francis Bacon's dead elephants - the week in Art

Provokr
Peter Beard + Francis Bacon, Their Friendship and Shared Creativity

GalleriesNow
'Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard'

Taschen
Peter Beard

Artbrowser
Wild Life

Cheerio
Wild Life at Ordovas Gallery

Cheerio
Newsletter

Air Mail
Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard

Les Echos
Francis Bacon/ Peter Beard, Le Dialogue Inattendu

POV International
'Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard – Når Naturen Kalde'