Peter Lanyon

Peter Lanyon ( born February 8, 1918 in St Ives (Cornwall ); † August 31, 1964 in Taunton ) was a British painter. He was an important representative of the British abstract art in the 20th century.


Peter Lanyon grew up in St Ives. He got after school drawing lessons from Borlase Smart. From 1937 he attended the Penzance School of Art, later the Euston Road School. He was a student of Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo. Peter Lanyon was a member of the British group of painters St Ives Group, which, among other things, included Roger Hilton Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter and William Scott. In 1959 Lanyon was participated in documenta 2 in Kassel in the painting department. To his artistic repertoire includes the abstract painting includes small sculptures, ceramics and collages.