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Lanyon, Peter (1918-1964), 1964, Gouache, 57.5 x 75.6

<p align="JUSTIFY">  <p align="JUSTIFY">  <p align="JUSTIFY">  Born in St. Ives, Cornwall, Peter Lanyon studied at Clifton College, at the Penzance School of Art and briefly under Victor Pasmore at the Euston Road School. In 1939 he met Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo who had moved to St. Ives at the outbreak of World War II. Their influence was one that changed the direction of his work. He was also one of the first British artists to become aware of American Abstract Expressionism. His paintings became more abstract in terms of shape and space but his interests remained related to the Cornish landscape. From 1940 to 1945 Lanyon served in the Royal Air Force. His work was first exhibited in London in 1949 (at the Lefevre Gallery) and during the 1950s he became a leading figure in the St. Ives group of artists. Peter Lanyon died in 1964 as a result of a gliding accident. This painting, in gouache, is dated 1964 and was bought by the LACF, with the aid of a contribution from Adam Jones, in 1972</span>