Painting Photography Print Book
Andrew Lanyon grew up in Cornwall, where his father, the celebrated British painter Peter Lanyon worked alongside Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo. Accordingly, his own work is greatly influenced by the St Ives modernists. He works in paint, sculpture, film and automata amongst other mediums, and much of his work takes a surreal and distinctly whimsical look at his home town of St Ives.
Andrew was born in St.Ives in 1947. From 1966 to 1968 he studied at the London School of Film Technique. during which time he co-organised the Durham Surrealist Festival. He spent several years as a Freelance photographer, co-producing an exhibition for Northern Arts entitled The Casual Eye and organizing a major touring exhibition for the Photographer's Gallery, London. In the mid-nineties, he turned his attention back to film, the first of which to be released was Splatt dhe Wertha (Plot for Sale), a Cornish language film directed by Bill Scott, which won the Golden Torc award at the 18th Celtic Film Festival in 1997. Further films include Laughing Gasrquote , Badly Parked Carr, and Fairy Questions Answered. He has self-published limited-edition letterpress books since 1987, beginning with Deadpan, and larger-run publications such as A Fairy Find (Portobello Books) and Circular Walks Around Rowley Hall (Atlas Press), both 2006. He has written highly acclaimed books on his father, the painter Peter Lanyon, and on Alfred Wallis, as well as on other painters, sculptors, writers and poets. Lanyon’s work is in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Museum of Modern Art, New York.