Deborah Lanyon’s large abstract paintings come from a generation of artists, mostly men, including John Hoyland, Frank Bowling, Howard Hodgkin and Sean Scully. Like those artists, she works rapidly and physically with canvases positioned on the floor, letting the paint have its own voice. Yet the feminine subtleties give the work interest and difference from those of the male painters in this genre. The paintings are the voice of a woman and a reflection of her personality: physical but effortless; dynamic yet soft; harmonious and rhythmic. They have something else to say that gives them a place in the evolution of abstract painting through the last four decades.
DEBORAH LANYON b. 1958
Coningsby Gallery, 2017; Gallery 286, 2014; David Curzon, 2010; Fountain Gallery, 2007; Gallery 286, 2003; Archeus Fine Art, 2000; Air Gallery, 1999; James Colman, 1997; Pike Gallery, 1995; Milne and Moller, 1993
Wimbledon Studios, 2013; Neal’s Yard, 2012; Joanna Bird, 2011; Jenny Granger Gallery, 2010; David Curzon, 2010; St Art London, 2009; Olympia, 2007; Islington Art Fair, 2004; Art First, 2003; Art London, 2002; Royal College of Arts, 2000; Pump House Gallery, 1998; Glasgow Art Fair, 1997; Islington Art Fair, 1996; Bonhams 1993
St Martin’s School of Art, 1977-78; Byam Shaw College of Art 1979-81; BBC Design Department 1982-86; Putney School of Art 1986-90; Oliver Bevan Studio 1991-94