The adrenaline junkie
Peter Lanyon is a British landscape artist I have always admired, but unfortunately his life was cut short in1964 after a gliding accident. His gliding adventures became the main subject of his painting, exploring landscape from high viewpoints painting the ‘experience of gliding’ by capturing land, sea, sky and weather within his works. This made for very interesting works as his subject matter was forever changing.
One of my favourite paintings of Lanyon’s is Porthleven, it is difficult to relate spatially to the painting as it is painted from above, but Lanyon has experimented with space and viewpoint, so it makes it difficult to make sense of what is the foreground and background. This painting towers eight feet high so engulfs the viewer with its sheer size and expressive painterly brush strokes. The muted greens and greys make the land and sky blend seamlessly into one another, while the blue hints at the harbour, which stands along at the bottom of this colossal painting.
Find out more about Lanyon’s work here.
Which landscape artists do you admire, and what influences their work?
Image: Peter Lanyon, Porthleven, 1951 (oil on masonite)