Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was a figurative artist. He created abstract artwork, with bold colours and often tortured imagery.
Born in Ireland, Bacon’s emerging homosexuality severely strained relations with his family and he was expelled from the household in 1926. Matters came to a head when Captain Bacon caught his son trying on his mother’s underwear. He worked as an interior designer and furniture designer before, at 23, he painted his first original work, entitled Crucifixion.
Bacon's lover, George Dyer, was the subject of many of his paintings, and after his suicide in 1971 Bacon became more preoccupied with themes and motifs of death.