In over 30 new works, Simon Page, Head of Painting at Harrow, takes a look at the boys and their lives at school. Their five years spent at Harrow is an intense and wonderful time: rarely alone, driven by friendships, supported by others, vigorous, hopeful, challenging and mainly optimistic. The project marks Simon’s 30-year association with the School and the singular opportunity he has had to observe Harrow School life at close quarters.
Rachel Campbell Johnston, Art critic, The Times, writes: “These pictures ostensibly speak of the ways in which, when an individual is drawn out, when his energies (whether physical or mental) are channelled, they can discover a fresh power which will carry them forwards into the future. This sense of vivacity is transferred to the viewer. That is what makes these pictures so striking. They are more than just records of bygone memories. They speak, instead, of a living force which drives progress. And as such they are infused with that spirit of irrepressible hope which should underpin every student's education.”
The exhibition is in the Old Speech Room Gallery until 22 June 2018.