Matthew Lanyon obituary

By Mercedes Smith

Matthew Lanyon, who has died of cancer aged 65, was a Cornish painter whose passion for the landscape and cultural legacy of his beloved county ran as vibrantly as ore through his work. He made an immeasurable contribution to the art of the region.

His first major solo show, at the Rainy Day Gallery in Penzance in 2007, included a painting seven metres long entitled Journey to the Stars. In recent years, he continued to push the scale of his paintings towards the truly monumental, and had begun to experiment with architectural glass and tapestry. His final exhibition, In the Tracks of the Yellow Dog, held at the New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives in September, dealt with the grief he felt following his mother’s death in 2015. It was one of several exhibitions on which I had the pleasure of working with him.

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