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New portrait of Francis Bacon by Michael Clark

Jack Vettriano’s new publishing company Heartbreak Publishing have announced a new limited edition print of Francis Bacon .When asked to talk about his favourite artist in a newspaper interview , Vettriano chose Francis Bacon

“Late last year, I visited the Bacon exhibition at the Tate Britain. I had previously seen isolated examples of his work in london and New york; I felt very priveleged to be in those rooms but the overwhelming emotion was one of pure, unadulterated shock. My senses were being ravished. I felt I was reeling from room to room, I had never experienced anything quite like this before. I fled, breathless into the Winter’s day trying to comprehend what I had just seen.

My Baconisation started in 1995 when I read Dan Farson’s wonderful ‘The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon’; I became instantly fascinated and captivated by both his work and his lifestyle. Here is a man who over forty years earlier had assaulted the sensibilities of the London art viewing public by exhibiting ‘Three Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’. It was a horrorifying introduction to a body of work that was to evolve into surely one of the most important ever created.

Here is a man, self taught, almost entirely self-educated, painting the pleasure and the pain of his own existence. Such integrity produces great art – for great art is from the heart.”

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Rolf Harris painting of ten favourite Wimbledon champions

Rolf Harris unveiled his new painting in front of the players themselves, including Martina Navratilova and Bjorn Borg in London yesterday.

The artist selected five male and five female players who have won a Wimbledon singles title, with the champions ranging from current mens champion Roger Federer, to Suzanne Lenglen, who won her first title back in 1919.

Harris said: “They are all so good at the moment, and the new ones are coming along all the time. Murray with a bit of luck could get in there, he has improved so much in the last year”, he said.

Out of the ten former champions included, Venus Williams gave him the most enjoyment to paint: “It was the first one I painted, and I just love the muscles and the strength of it all. The smash shot that she just played (in the painting), she’s just hit the ball, closed her eyes, and she knows it is going away for a winner”, he said.

The complete list is as follows; Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf, Billie-Jean King, Rod Laver, Suzanne Lenglen, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras and Venus Williams. Rolf Harris paints and presents numerous TV programmes