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.