Sunday, 10 October 2010

Peter Lanyon, Tate St Ives

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.

Thermal 1960

The exhibition runs at Tate St Ives until 23 Jan 2011
There is a symposium 26 - 27 November only £25 and you get free entry to the exhibition and lunch!

Lunch at Chapel, Kerris, August 1958

As seated round table clockwise starting bottom 

centre:
June Feiler, Helen, Christine (hidden) and Anthony
Feiler, Peter Lanyon, Marie Miles, Mell Rothko, 
Mark Rothko and Terry Frost
Photograph: Paul Feiler

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