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Matthew Lanyon
Painting titled 'Valley of the Kings by Matthew Lanyon
Valley of the Kings by Matthew Lanyon
The Rainyday Gallery is holding an exhibition by painter, Matthew Lanyon which includes 46 landscape based paintings.
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+ Matthew Lanyon was born in St Ives in 1951.

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Born in St Ives in 1951, Matthew Lanyon is the son of Peter Lanyon - a landscape painter who became a major figure in the world of art.

His father - a great inspiration - died at the age of 46 from a gliding accident. Having been surrounded by the arts from a young age, Matthew considered going to art schol but was deterred by his mother.

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He thus decided upon four years at university starting with Geology and Psychology and it would be twenty-five years before Matthew got the smell of paint again.

After four years in academia Matthew then got a job on a tractor - working in the building trade, becoming physical. He also trained as a carpenter and joiner.

It was not until 1988 that he began to take his artwork seriously.

At that time he was drawing and painting every morning with his son, in the days before he went to school.

This exhibition of 46 paintings uncovers Matthew's work..

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He describes his working with landscape and mythology. "Two figures - male and female, land and sea; It's a way to explore something, coming again to places I experienced as a child, moving between the symbolic, the Imaginary and the Real."

He explains the painting Valley of the Kings being about a stretch of high country where chieftans and kings were buried in megalithic times. "It's a great theme - almost astrological in scale - holding excitement for all of us. You can look through five thousand years of history standing on a hill in one landscape. And it's still there."

"The old experiences and the new - they all boil down inside. What I see now is seen with emotion. It's a song, like a blackbird every morning, barely physical - almost invisible to the ears."

THE RAINYDAY GALLERY, Penzance
MATTHEW LANYON

'Forty Six Paintings'
September 6 - October 3



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