Peter Lanyon

Peter Lanyon Shy Deep, 1959

Peter Lanyon
Shy Deep, 1959

Here are extracts from the above book about the Cornish landscape artist Peter Lanyon. I found many parallels with his work and thinking but also new ideas particularly about the landscape being in constant state of flux.

Interested in natural phenomena – the weather.  “I like to paint places where solids and fluids come together such as meeting of sea and cliff, wind and rock”. Paints the quality peculiar to the feeling and experience of a place – immersion and attachment.

“My paintings are not abstract nor are they landscape. They use abstraction as a method and landscape experience as a source. They reject the conventions of landscape but remain recognisable in the country. They are concerned with environment rather than view and with air rather than sky”

Concepts of existentialism and phenomenology – susceptibility to outside forces.

Henri Bergson – theory of duration – time as perpetual flux not a series of static moments, identification with the space by walking in it; making contact. Subjective and objective (artist and environment) are a single continuum. The landscape is not static it is constantly changing and the artist moves around within the space to experience and investigate it.

Einsteinrelativity theory and the nature of existence.

Wanted art in which the spectator was an active participant. Sought to recreate experiences of place so the viewer could re-experience and interpret in their own way.


About Annemarie Tickle

I am a Lecturer in Textiles at Hull School of Art and Design. As a visual artist I am interested in atmospheric conditions and events and how the scale of nature makes mans mark on the landscape look insignificant. I enjoy the act of doing and getting my hands dirty so my practice is intensly process led. I use a wide range of media but am particular interested in dying techniques.
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1 Response to Peter Lanyon

  1. kestrelart says:

    I like this bold painting.

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