‘The Valves of Sensation’


Essay discussing Bacon’s process for the creation of the Francis Bacon’s Triptych Inspired by the ‘Oresteia’ of Aeschylus.

This essay is now available on the Sotheby’s website here.

Photographs at Michael’s Home in Southwest France

Two recent photographs by Fred Lahache for a forthcoming article about Michael in Christie’s magazine.

On Francis Bacon and My Life in Art

Michael discussed his friendship with Francis Bacon and his life in art, on 16 October at the Cambridge Centre for Visual Culture.

Paris Among the Artists

From The Existential Englishman, Michael shared his experiences in conversation with writer and translator Miranda France, followed by Q&A, of a life spent amongst the artists. A life spent at its bohemian heart, rich with adventures, misadventures and the beauty of one of the most enduringly romantic cities in the world.

The event was a tremendous success. It was a partnership between The London Library and Bloomsbury Publishing, and took place on 15 October.

Bacon / Giacometti: A Dialogue

An exclusive read-through of Michael’s new play took place at Christie’s on 18 June.

A video of the performance is available here.

Talks at the RA and American Library

The American Library in Paris invited Michael to talk about his recent book The Existential Englishman on 27 March.

Michael then joined Royal Academy Artistic Director Tim Marlow on Tues 21 May.


Two Talks at the Cercle Littéraire de Lausanne

Michael gave talks on Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti at the ancient and very amiable Cercle Littéraire in Lausanne in January 2019.

‘Francis Bacon: An Intimate Portrait’

Michael gave a revealing talk on Francis Bacon at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in Soho, London, on 25 October 2018.


Michael has co-curated the Francis Bacon / Alberto Giacometti exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, Basel, which ran from 29 April until 2 September 2018.

For further details, click HERE.

A video of Michael discussing Giacometti with Stanley Tucci is available HERE.

Two Talks about Francis Bacon

Michael recently gave his new talk about his close relationship to Francis Bacon, entitled Francis Bacon: An Intimate Portrait, at the Beyeler Foundation on 30 May 2018.