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Place, Space & Colour – Two St Ives Artists

Colin Pink is a poet and art historian specialising in the relationship between the history of art and the history of ideas. He is an accredited Art Society lecturer.

Join Colin in Hastings Contemporary Studio space this Autumn for a series of lectures exploring the work of two of the most celebrated St Ives Group artists.

Each lecture will last for approximately 1 hour, followed by time for questions and discussion.

The Enigmatic Art of Peter Lanyon

Saturday 16th November: 1:30 – 3pm

£10 / £8 Hastings Contemporary Members

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Peter Lanyon’s (1918-1964) work emerged from a deep immersion in the landscape of his native Cornwall and its history of mining disasters and shipwrecks. Lanyon was initially influenced by the constructivism of Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo, who relocated to St Ives during the Second World War, but he developed his own highly expressive style of painting and assemblage that inhabits a liminal space between representation and abstraction, landscape and the human figure, myth and reality.

Lanyon’s work is highly enigmatic, incorporating hidden meanings and private narratives. Much of his work in the 1940s and 50s anticipated the work of the American Abstract Expressionists and had affinities with work produced on the continent by Art Informel artists including Jean Fautrier, Jean Dubuffet and Nicolas de Staël, whose work encapsulated the anxieties of the post-war age.

In 1959 Lanyon took up gliding and his final paintings are powerful gestural works inspired by the experience of flight. He died aged 46 after crashing his glider.


In Pursuit of Colour – The Art of Patrick Heron

Saturday 23rd November: 1:30 – 3pm

£10 / £8 Hastings Contemporary Members

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Patrick Heron was one of the major artists associated with the St Ives Group and also an important art critic. His work is joyful, colourful and explores the space creating potential of colour and line. He was a pioneering abstract artist, anticipating some of the developments towards post-painterly abstraction in the UK before it emerged in the USA.

Heron’s early work is strongly influenced by modernist French artists such as Cezanne, Braque and Matisse. In his early exploration of abstraction he is influenced initially by his contemporaries in France such as Nicolas de Staël and Pierre Soulages and later by Abstract Expressionism.

Heron is one of the most vibrant colourists in the history of art, using colour in an intuitive way, influenced by the environment surrounding his home, Eagle’s Nest near Zennor in Cornwall. His late work, stimulated by a residency in Australia, returns to semi-figuration in an assured and lyrical style that balances line and colour in a highly economical way.


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