Renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was commemorated in an exhibition of 50 portraits spanning his working life, held at The National Portrait Gallery London from February to May 2012. The review explored the development of his art from the potent and hypersensed studies of the 1940s to major paintings in the later phase, where the artist engaged in a complex and sometimes brutal meditation on the human being, drawn from an intimate engagement with the sitter. Freud's unsparing eye maps his subjects, sustaining single-handedly an almost unique commitment to the ambitions of high art, grounded in the canons of classic Western tradition. The audiobook also includes a review of Freud's figure drawings exhibited at Blain|Southern Gallery.
Marina Vaizey is an art critic, a lecturer, and a traveler. She was the art critic for the Financial Times for 4 years and The Sunday Times for 18. She has curated several exhibitions and written many catalogues. She has been a trustee for several national museums.
Nicholas James studied painting with Frank Auerbach and Keith Vaughan at the Slade School UCL. He formed Cv Publications in 1992 and Cv/Visual Arts Research in 1995.