Abstract • Peter Lanyon


An oil painting on canvas by artist Peter Lanyon titled Abstract.

Art Item ID: 11996




Peter Lanyon

size 13″H x 17″W – an oil painting on canvas

Abstract – an oil painting on canvas by artist Peter Lanyon

SIGNED Oil on Canvas

Excellent Condition
Hand Signed

HISTORY: This piece of art was originally displayed in Vancouver BC. Art Gallery in the years 2010 to 2015 by the original owner.
In 2015 the Lanyon art was purchased by a buyer from Vancouver from whom I purchased this oil painting in 2017. The oil has a couple of tiny rub markings on the high points due to being put in and out of storage over the years.
These couple markings are barely noticeable.

Oil on canvas, framed. Featuring an abstract expressionist composition. Signed and manner of Peter Lanyon (British, 1918-1964) on the lower-left corner. 33 x 43 cm (13.0 x 16.9 inches). Frame size: 44.5 x 55 cm (17.5 x 21.7 inches). Peter Lanyon was a British artist who created abstracted landscapes of the Cornish countryside. Melding multiple styles, his influences included Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and the organic abstractions of Ben Nicholson. “It is impossible for me to make a painting which has no reference to the powerful environment in which I live,” the artist said. Born on February 8, 1918, in St. Ives, United Kingdom, Lanyon began receiving private art lessons at an early age before going on to study at the Euston Road School and Penzance School of Art. In 1939, after finishing his studies, he developed friendships with artists who had moved to Cornwall during World War II, including Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. After his first New York solo exhibition in 1957, his work underwent a change, partly caused by his exposure to the works of Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. It was these two artists that encouraged Lanyon to create looser and more abstract compositions. Interestingly, Lanyon’s paintings were directly related to his passion for hang-gliding. The views he saw while hovering above the landscape, influenced the linear forms and patterns found in his paintings. Tragically, Lanyon died after a hang-gliding accident on August 31, 1964, in Taunton, United Kingdom. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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