This delicately painted creature is the invention of Sutherland’s imagination though it resembles an insect or a crustacean. The frontality of its pose and gaze and the simplicity of the background relate to the work of Alberto Giacometti and Sutherland’s good friend Francis Bacon. Such creatures, or ‘presences’, were seen as threatening or pessimistic but Sutherland tended to resist such straight-forward interpretations.
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