AboutBorn in 1931 in Berlin, Auerbach was sent to England in 1939 to escape Nazism. He attended St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art and studied with David Bomberg in night classes at Borough Polytechnic. During his studies he developed a friendship with fellow student Leon Kossoff.
He has used three principal models throughout his career: his wife Julia, who first posed for him in 1959; Juliet Yardley Mills ('J.Y.M.'), a professional model whom he met in 1957; and his close friend Estella (Stella) West ('E.O.W.'), the model for most of his nudes and female heads prior to 1973. Rarely leaving Britain, he lives and works in London and has had the same studio since the 1950s.
William Feaver whose book on Frank Auerbach was published last year will talk about Auerbach's work in relation to sitting for him every Monday night since 2002.