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Bryanston Art: Past & Present

London Exhibition Showcases the Best of Bryanston Art and Design

The first ever London exhibition of Bryanston art and design took place at the beginning of December. Entitled Bryanston Art: Past and Present, the week-long show was held at the Gallery in Cork Street, in the heart of London’s gallery district, and showcased the diverse talents of the school’s current and former pupils, many of whom have gone on to forge successful careers in art and design.

Among the Old Bryanstonians exhibiting their work were Lucian Freud (P ’38) and Howard Hodgkin (P ’48). Freud, who lent a recent etching entitled Donegal Man to the show, is one of the most powerful contemporary figurative painters of his generation. Hodgkin is now widely regarded as one of the most important artists working in Britain today. The exhibition provided the first opportunity to see a new painting, Herbaceous.

Also included in the exhibition was the intriguing Algerian Love Knot necklace designed by OB Sophie Harley (G ’83), which plays a starring role in the two most recent Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Other media represented included painting, design, ceramics, pottery and photography.

Bryanston is renowned for encouraging creativity and counts many artists and designers among its alumni, including Freud and Hodgkin, and past and present governors, Sir Terence Conran and Jasper Conran.

Bryanston’s Head of Art, Mike Owens, said: ‘It was a great honour for our current pupils to have their worked displayed in a London gallery and alongside that of such distinguished artists as Freud and Hodgkin. We relish the thought that one or two of them might follow in their footsteps.’

The exhibition was visited by more than 700 people during the course of the week, including members of the public, current and former parents, prep schools and many Old Bryanstonians. Several of the works on display were sold, with a percentage of the artists’ fees going to the school’s bursary fund.

Plans are already in place to hold another London exhibition in three years’ time. Any OB artists interested in submitting their work for consideration should contact Anne Macfarlane on 01258 484588 or in the first instance. Please also contact Anne for a copy of the exhibition brochure, or download a copy here.

The Sunday Telegraph covered the exhibition in its online edition. Read the article in full here.