Originally inspired by the Gothic Nightmares exhibition at Tate Britain, the Triptych is a conversation between Shakespeare and some of the great works from the Renaissance to the modern era, centring on the theme of human embodiment. The triptych is Shakespeare’s largest body of visual work to date and consists of ‘The Nightmare (After Fuseli)’, ‘Figure with Meat (After Bacon)’ and ‘Dead Christ (After Mantegna).

Inspired by Francis Bacon, is about becoming disabled and the ways that the body can let you down. In 2008, Shakespeare had suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in him becoming reliant on a wheelchair. He says: “The sides of beef hanging behind the chair symbolise dead flesh, a living being becoming inanimate. Because it was more personal than intellectual or aesthetic, I think this image is the most powerful of the three.”

Figure with Meat (After Bacon) - Tom Shakespeare

Figure with Meat (After Bacon)

Artist: Tom Shakespeare 

Year: 2009

Medium: Giclee Prints

Dimensions: 115cm (h) x 100cm (w)



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