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Coda for an Obol, an ambitious exhibition by Athur Lanyon, three years in the making, has opened at Anima Mundi, in Street-an-Pol, St Ives.

Arthur Lanyon Coda Obol

The exhibition examines, through painting, a sense of deep personal purpose and the artist’s own sense of legacy. This may be a natural response to the passing of his own father Matthew Lanyon (son of internationally acclaimed artist Peter Lanyon) in 2016, and the birth of his first son during the period that the exhibition was made.

The exhibition opened on Friday and runs until 29th August. Find out more on the Anima Mundi website.

About Arthur Lanyon

Arthur Lanyon paintings combine intuitive figurative motifs with an emotive, gestural, abstracted language. His energetic works are sited on a physical and metaphysical crossroads, like a belay between numerous visual and emotional pinnacles.

They offer a progressive link between the outside world, the inner architecture of the brain, altered states of consciousness, memory, and the unencumbered essence of child’s drawing.

Lanyon is a British artist, born in Leicester in 1985. He lives and works from a studio near Penzance. Born in to an artistic family, his father was the painter Matthew Lanyon and his grandfather the celebrated, influential, and world renowned modernist painter Peter Lanyon.

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Arthur won the Hans Brinker painting award in Amsterdam in 2007 and gained a first class degree in fine art from Cardiff University in 2008. Upon graduating, he was featured in Saatchi’s New Sensations exhibition. In 2014, his work was in the longlist for the Aesthetica Art Prize and was included in the award’s published anthology.

His debut Anima Mundi solo exhibition, Return to Whale opened in 2016, which was followed by White Chalk Lines in 2018. His latest exhibition, Arcade Laundry, opened in 2020.

Works have been exhibited extensively, notably including: Untitled Art Fair, in Miami; Zona Maco, Mexico City; the Saatchi Gallery, London; The House of St Barnabas, London; CGK, Copenhagen; Tat Art, Barcelona; and Herrick Gallery, Mayfair. Arthur Lanyon paintings are held in private collections worldwide.