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Frank Egloff

Elias Fine Art

Since the ’80s, Frank Egloff has been appropriating imagery from vintage photography, film footage, and advertising to create paintings that are at once subversive and alluring. In his recent exhibition, “Inverse,” he presented three acrylic canvases, each eighty by eighty inches, whose origins lie in British photographer John Deakin’s portraits (made in the ’50s) of three friends: journalist Rayner Heppenstall, poet Oliver Bernard, and publisher and bookseller David Archer. Deakin, a Vogue photographer known for his brutally direct close-ups of artists, writers, models, and film stars, was part of the London Soho crowd that included Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Intrigued by the idea that the photographer had taken portraits for Bacon to paint from, Egloff found his initial inspiration in reproductions of the dog-eared, torn, and paint-splattered Deakin photos that Bacon kept lying

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