Matthew Lanyon
Field of Dreams
30th August to 28th October 2011

 

Field of Dreams Normal;heading 1;The girl, the bull and the airfield
New paintings by Matthew Lanyon

In Greek mythology Zeus falls in love with Europa, disguises himself as a gentle snow-white bull and, while the girl is making a fuss of this new member of her father's herd, abducts her by swimming out to sea. Matthew Lanyon knows the story well: it was read to him as a child; in the mid-1950s his artist father produced a striking interpretation of the theme in which oil paint plays out a mythical drama of land, sea and sex. The twenty or so paintings in Matthew Lanyon's 'Europa' series revisit and develop this complex personal legacy. They are, he says, about 'pushing my childhood map to the edges'. Female forms become landscapes, which become animals, which become maps. Here are a lighthouse, a chapel, a navel - signified by a red dot, which may also be the rising sun or a beacon on the telecommunications mast above Camborne. Is this a horse's head or a headland? A lot of what Lanyon calls 'elision' is clearly going on.

Field of Dreams, the largest painting in this show, is very large indeed. It is not made to be looked at from one position but to walk along, to think alongside. It's like listening to a story in which familiar characters reappear in altered form. You recognise shapes and signs from other 'Europa' paintings - the red dots again, and a tilted 4 that, explains Lanyon, stands for Perranporth airfield. In fact this enormous work, like numerous others in the exhibition, is a carefully scaled up, horizontal variant of a small vertical panel painting, in which Europa's figure-of-eight breasts and the bull's horns are suddenly obvious. The breast shapes, especially, recall the conventions of Aborginal bark painting - human and animal forms are also landscapes, threaded by schematic paths that lead simultaneously through space and time. If you don't recognise the cliffs around Godrevy lighthouse or know about Perranporth airfield or the clock tower at Porthleven, you could lose your bearings. At the same time, uncertainty and elision are necessary, says Lanyon, because (and I agree), 'By not being clear, you go on looking'.


Michael Bird
August 2011



Matthew Lanyon


Field of Dreams


670.5 x 152.4 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9256


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XXIV


138.8 x 30.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9257


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XXIII


138.8 x 30.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9258


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Matthew Lanyon


Map for Dionysus


152.4 x 213.4 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9259


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Matthew Lanyon


Upalong


122 x 152.4 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9260


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Matthew Lanyon


Breaking Ground


122 x 91 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9261


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Matthew Lanyon


Salome


81.3 x 121.3 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9262


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Matthew Lanyon


Red July


81.3 x 121.3 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9263


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XXII


76 x 76 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9264


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Matthew Lanyon


If I Had a Boat


114.3 x 109.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9266


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Matthew Lanyon


Cinderella and the King of Cornwall


140.3 x 124.4 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9267


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Matthew Lanyon


Equinox II


36.8 x 61 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9268


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Matthew Lanyon


China Clay


36.8 x 58.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9269


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Matthew Lanyon


Talking Horse


102.9 x 274.3 cms

Oil

Ref. 9270


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Matthew Lanyon


The Lovers II


92.8 x 22.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9271


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Matthew Lanyon


Body Board


105.4 x 26.6 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9272


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Matthew Lanyon


Madonna VII


101.6 x 91.4 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9273


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Matthew Lanyon


Tooth


26.7 x 26.7 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9274


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Matthew Lanyon


All at Sea


29 x 29 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9275


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Matthew Lanyon


Dream House


23.5 x 23.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9276


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Matthew Lanyon


Round Five


25.4 x 25.4 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9277


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Matthew Lanyon


Porthleven Round II


67.3 x 72.4 cms

Oil

Ref. 9280


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Matthew Lanyon


White Horse to Conder Green


64.8 x 109.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9281


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Matthew Lanyon


Fish Eye


15.2 x 49.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9282


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XXI


15.2 x 49.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9283


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Matthew Lanyon


Godrevy LXXVIII


15.2 x 49.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9284


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Matthew Lanyon


Godrevy LXXVII


15.2 x 49.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9285


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Matthew Lanyon


Annunciation XIV


35.5 x 35.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9286


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Matthew Lanyon


Tree at the End of the Night II


34.3 x 34.3 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9287


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Matthew Lanyon


Round Four


34.3 x 34.3 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9288


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Matthew Lanyon


Jug


48.9 x 19 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9289


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XIX


49.5 x 15.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9290


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Matthew Lanyon


Little Park Owl


43 x 55.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9291


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Matthew Lanyon


Kick Off


7 x 23.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9292


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Matthew Lanyon


Godrevy LXXIX


7 x 23.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9293


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Matthew Lanyon


Godrevy Boat II


7 x 23.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9294


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Matthew Lanyon


Godrevy LXXX


7 x 23.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9295


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Matthew Lanyon


Big Medicine


151 x 151 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 9296


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XVIII


49.5 x 15.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9297


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Matthew Lanyon


Europa XX


49.5 x 15.2 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9298


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Matthew Lanyon


Long Face


23.5 x 7 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9299


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Matthew Lanyon


Only Joy


32.4 x 32.4 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 9300


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Matthew Lanyon


Wreck


15.2 x 49.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 9301


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