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David Bomberg’s School of Thick Paint: A Master Painter and His Students

Sun September 29 : 1:30 pm 3:00 pm

A lecture by Kate Aspinall

£8 – £10

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Join us for an illustrated lecture in Hastings Contemporary’s Studio by historian, writer and artist Kate Aspinall.

One of Britain’s greatest twentieth-century painters, David Bomberg (1890-1957) was a messianic figure who inspired a generation of artists at the Borough Polytechnic. To celebrate Hastings Contemporary’s timely exhibition of Roy Oxlade’s work, this hour-long talk explores the relationship between Bomberg, Oxlade and the impressive group of students, who span from Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff to Dennis Creffield and Miles Richmond, looking at how passion and craft combined to create a visual style that remains very much alive today.

Dr Kate Aspinall is an independent historian, writer, and artist. Based in London, she focuses her academic work on British visual culture in the 20th century. She is an Arts Society lecturer, teaches occasionally for the Courtauld and Yale in London and has spoken recently at Tate, the Towner and Pallant House, among other galleries. She consulted for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and until recently served as a Trustee of the Association for Art History, representing freelance and independent art historians. She holds degrees from the University of St Andrews, the Courtauld Institute and the University of East Anglia.


Bomberg in the Borough Polytechnic class, c.1948

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