We’re thrilled to report that our first ‘Zoom’ get-together was an outstanding success with over 50 OBs and members of the Bedford School community joining accomplished art historian and lecturer Peter Webb (54-59) for an evening of art appreciation. The power of the internet made it possible for OBs from across the globe to come together, making us all feel a little closer.
Entitled ‘David Hockney as I have known him’, Peter took us through the various styles of David’s art and showed us how he has developed over the years to establish himself as one of the world’s foremost living artists. Peter has known David since 1970 and it was fascinating to hear about his personal connection to the artist, adding anecdotes from his various meetings with David which really brought the whole subject to life.
A particular highlight was his insight into ‘Boy Doll’ which was inspired by Hockney’s admiration of Cliff Richard. The picture contains many hidden references to the singer which Peter was able to share with us.
Mr Michael Croker, Director of Art at Bedford School, said, “Peter’s lecture was enthralling and provided an excellent and comprehensive overview of Hockney’s extraordinary creative versatility and range. Peter’s enthusiasm was totally engaging and entertaining and his personal connection to Hockney provided a real insight into his personality and working process.”
Following on from this success, we have created a series of virtual events to keep you entertained this autumn (see below). These events are free, but please do book early to avoid disappointment. The next one will take place on 21st October, when local historian, David Fowler (47-56), will take us through Bedford’s Hidden History, highlighting some fascinating, lesser-known facts about the town.