Francis Bacon on YouTube

You would think that an online video sharing site wouldn’t benefit a painter (or any static visual art) much, but I can easily lose an hour or two browsing through the site. Just do a search for your favorite artist on YouTube and there’s a pretty good chance that you will find videos by or about them. A lot of contemporary emerging artists are doing interesting things on YouTube too.

One of my favorite artists is Francis Bacon. In this video he is talking about life, death, casinos, and art!

There’s also this shorter video where you can see Francis Bacon in his VERY messy studio. (Bits of that Bacon mess was recently sold at auction)

“You see, painting has now become, or all art has now become completely a game, by which man distracts himself. What is fascinating actually is, that it’s going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to become any good at all.” Francis Bacon

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. I loved that interview with melvyn bragg. I have the dvd of the full show and it is excellent. For anyone interested its at:

  2. Second Video I have never seen. His studio is a disaster lol! Not sure I liked the man, but I liked what he had to say and he was very interesting.

  3. Wonderful videos although I wouldn’t really say that painting is a game. It does distract and keeps one from dwelling on negative things that may happen in their life. I do agree with the fact that it distracts a person.I personally would say that it helps one cope with life.There are alot of different ways to express the same sort of thing though. Thanks for sharing, great videos!

  4. Yeah I have never seen the full show. Someone sent this address to me..

    The video got less than a quarter of the way through and stopped for me though.

    He’s definitely an individual.

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