Peter Lanyon was introduced to contemporary painting by Adrian Stokes early on in his career and became one of the key abstract painters in the history of British abstraction. He was part of the St Ives group of artists and also taught at The Bath Academy, Corsham with William Scott. In 1957 he travelled to New York, exhibited at the Catherine Viviano Gallery and met Rothko and Motherwell. He was inspired by the Cornish Landscape and his flights over it in his glider. This traditional Turneresque connection with landscape and paint enables many to connect with abstract painting -The romantic flighty dreamer capturing his sensational response in paint. He defined for many what British abstraction was and for many still is. There is a classicism in this approach that appeals to the gardeners of England. There is a politeness and a gentility connected with Lanyon but the handling of the paint and the structures left in his work tell of a less precious explorer.