Peter Lanyon (1918-1964)
Peter Lanyon was born in St Ives. He studied at Penzance School of Art in 1937, and was briefly at the Euston Road School in 1938. He was much influenced by the arrival in St Ives of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo in 1939, and took private lessons from Nicholson. He served in the RAF in the Second World War, and returned to St Ives in 1945. In the 1940s and 50s he was a member of the Crypt Group, a founder-member of the Penwith Society, and a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. Lanyon taught at Bath Academy of Arts in Corsham from 1950 to 1957, and ran an art school in St Ives from 1957 to 1960.
Lanyon's first one-man show in London was at the Lefevre Gallery in 1949 and he exhibited widely thereafter. In the late1950s he exhibited in New York, and came into contact with the American Abstract Expressionists, Rothko, Kline, De Kooning and Motherwell. Lanyon was also a prolific printmaker, producing etchings, lithographs, monotypes and linocuts.
PETER LANYON 1918-1964
1936-37Penzance School of Art, Penzance
1938Euston Road School, London (taught by Ben Nicholson, Victor Passmore and Naum Gabo)
1949Lefevre Gallery, London
1955City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth; Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham
1963Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio
1968Tate Gallery, London; City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne; City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1970Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Park Square Gallery, Leeds
1978Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives; Royal West of England Academy of Arts, Bristol
1981City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth
1992Camden Arts Centre, London; Mead Gallery, Coventry; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield; Orion Art Gallery, Newlyn
1994Tate St Ives, St Ives
2000Tate St Ives, St Ives
2008Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
2010Tate St Ives, St Ives
2015Courtauld Gallery, London
2018Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London