Frank Auerbach was a painter and printmaker.
He was born on 29 April 1931 to Jewish parents. During the Second World War his parents sent him to England to a boarding school for refugees at Faversham in Kent, to escape the war. His parents, who stayed behind in Germany, died in a concentration camp.
He went on to Study at St Martin's School of Art from 1948 to 1952, where he worked alongside David Bomberg and then went to the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955. From the early 60s, he exhibited widely alongside fellow artists Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff. He represented Britain in 1986 at the Venice Biennale.
Auerbach has lived and worked in North London since the 1950s, where he has created many sketches and paintings of the street scenes close to his home and studio.
Along with street scenes, Auerbach painted portraits of three models: his wife Julia Auerbach (née Wolstenholme), Juliet Yardley Mills (J.Y.M.), who was a professional model and finally his close friend Estella West (E.O.W.).