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Borough Road Gallery presents new exhibition of charcoal drawings

The Borough Road Gallery's next exhibition will focus on charcoal drawings from the art collections cared for by LSBU, by David Bomberg and other Borough Group artists
20 October 2015

London South Bank University (LSBU)’s Borough Road Gallery presents The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough, a new exhibition of drawings from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection and LSBU’s art collection.

The exhibition presents drawings by renowned modern artist David Bomberg, who taught at London South Bank University (then Borough Polytechnic) in the 1940s and 1950s, and drawings by the artists he taught including Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Edna Mann, Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond.

David Bomberg was an inspired draughtsman and drawing always formed the foundation of his art classes. His approach to drawing (and subsequently painting) was a radical turn from the typical perspectival drawing practiced in art schools at the time. Students at the Borough were encouraged away from drawing at arm’s length, and in charcoal Bomberg and his students found an elemental medium that lent itself to an exploration of visual form that articulated physicality, urgency and sensation.

The works selected for the exhibition range from some of the earliest works in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, for example Sappers (c.1919) and Unknown (1914) by Bomberg, through to the most recent, Jerusalem Wedding (2009) by Dennis Creffield.

The Elemental Force of Charcoal: Drawing at the Borough runs at the Borough Road Gallery, 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA, from 23 October 2015 – 13 February 2016. During exhibitions, the Borough Road Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm, and Saturday from 12pm to 5pm. Admission Free.

A private view for the exhibition will be held on 22 October, 6.30-8.30pm.