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13 People in artist grouping: School of London

Coined in 1976, by the artist R.B Kitaj in the exhibition catalogue for his Hayward Gallery show The Human Clay, the term School of London was created to describe a group of artists, many present in the show, who were painting in the new figurative style. This group of artists, according to Kitaj, was not yet a movement, but he was deeply interested by the work they were producing, and their rejection of the current trends of minimalism and conceptualism. The core artists in the group, which included Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach were great friends, and although they had very little in common regarding artistic style, would all go on to have great success with international solo shows and prizes. By succeeding as individuals, the School of London continues to be a group of great interest to art historians and critics today, who still discuss the group dynamic and the differences between the artists and their various sources of inspiration.

Francis Bacon

1909-1992
Painter
Sitter in 43 portraits

Lucian Freud

1922-2011
Artist
Sitter in 42 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits

David Hockney

1937-
Artist
Sitter in 47 portraits | Artist associated with 12 portraits

Michael James Andrews

1928-1995
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits

Frank Auerbach

1931-
Painter
Sitter in 17 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits

Richard Carline

1896-1980
Painter, writer and administrator
Sitter in 1 portrait

Reginald Gray

1930-2013
Artist
Artist of 1 portrait

Maggi Hambling

1945-
Painter
Sitter in 13 portraits | Artist of 8 portraits

Howard Hodgkin

1932-
Painter
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

R.B. Kitaj

1932-2007
Painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits

Leon Kossoff

1926-
Painter and draughtsman
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

William Roberts

1895-1980
Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 6 portraits

Euan Uglow

1932-2000
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait