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Image: RECTO by Ellen Gallagher, Morphia, 2008. Ink, pencil, watercolour, egg tempera, cut magazine pages on cut paper. 51.5 x 42.5 cm / 20 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches. © Ellen Gallagher, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Mike Bruce

From Saturday 26th January until Saturday 18th May, Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery will present one of the most impressive works in its collection, with a new exhibit examining the synergies between the great figurative painter Francis Bacon and Ellen Gallagher, a world-renowned American artist.

The exhibit, tucked away in the Victorian quarter of Newcastle University, is centred on Bacon’s Study for Portrait No. 6 (1956-7) and will present a dialogue between that and other oil paintings and Morphia, a series of works on paper by Ellen Gallagher.

Whether or not this exhibition is an attempt to highlight the indebtedness of Gallagher to Bacon’s pioneering work remains to be seen; what is clear is a curatorial emphasis on bringing out synergies between two artists who have deployed entirely different means in producing their works. 

Whatever shape the exhibition takes, it’s a chance to see paintings from one of the most iconic British artists of all time, presented in an entirely different light.

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