Frank Auerbach is one of Britain’s most celebrated post-war printmakers. He is perhaps best-known for his intimate portraits depicting a select group of close friends and relatives, who have sat for him regularly over numerous years. The subject in this instance is Jake Tilson, himself an artist and printmaker.
Marc Balakjian, whom worked with Auerbach on his printmaking and ran the workshop at Studio Prints, noted that the artist preferred to use a screwdriver instead of a conventional etching needle. Auerbach often employs its flat edge for the broad lines, turning it sideways to get a point in order to make the finer strikes. The artist’s use of line in his printmaking is very distinctive.