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High Field
© Sheila Lanyon. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: The Box (Plymouth City Council)

High Field 1957

Peter Lanyon (1918–1964)

The Box (Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives)

British painter, born at St Ives, Cornwall. He studied at Penzance School of Art in 1937, at the *Euston Road Art School in 1938, and then under Ben *Nicholson and Naum *Gabo at St Ives. From 1940 to 1946 he served in the RAF and from 1950 to 1957 taught at the *Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. He also travelled and taught in the USA, but St Ives remained his home and his principal inspiration. Early in his career he made *assemblages influenced by Gabo; they were built up from found objects such as driftwood, pieces of glass, rope, etc, sometimes free-standing and sometimes boxed, and often brightly painted.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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