Hampstead art school offers chance to own original Duncan Grant painting

Duncan Grant Life with Bust

Duncan Grant Life with Bust - Credit: Archant

In line with its ethos that art should be accessible to all, Hampstead School of Art is raffling an early Duncan Grant painting that it has been given.

“Whilst auctioning Life with Bust would undoubtedly generate a significant sum with its appeal to Bloomsbury Group and Grant collectors and enthusiasts, we are passionate about giving everyone an equal opportunity to own this unique piece of British art and cultural history,” says Isabel H Langtry, the school’s principal.

The painting, which is in oils on board, is a moody still life, signed and dated 1906, the year in which Grant studied at the Slade School of Art and in Paris.

It reflects his interest at that time in classical Greek portraits, the technique of chiaroscuro and simple ways of life.

Grant went on to become a central figure in Bloomsbury circles and co-director of the Omega Workshops with Vanessa Bell, with whom he was closely associated professionally and personally for over 50 years. Life with Bust was donated by the British musician, record producer and Tears for Fears songwriter and vocalist Roland Orzabal and wife Caroline.

It is available to view by appointment. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds raised from the draw will go to the school’s new building fundraising initiative. To enter, visit: hampstead-school-of-art.org/duncan-grant-prize-draw.html or phone the office: 020 7794 1439.