‘Faster than words, Older than thought…’
An exhibition of selected works at the New Craftsman Gallery from Saturday September 8th 2018.
This first exhibition of Matthew’s work in Cornwall since his sudden death in 2016 will feature the stained glass triptych, An Altarpiece for West Penwith, made to Matthew’s careful instructions at Derix Glass studios near Frankfurt in the months following his death. Matthew particularly hoped this beautiful, unique piece would be seen and enjoyed by local people so it may in future move around the county; if you have a venue where you would like to show it, please get in touch.
The show will also include selected oils and mixed media works produced between 2000 and 2016 some of which will be available for purchase.
‘Faster than words, older than thought’, is a quote from Matthew, writing in 2004 about painting. He said his own came about in the raw manner of a ‘first experiencing’ of past with present, and he refers to forms of personal mythology and iconography, through which he had begun to integrate experiences of place and emotion across time,
‘but the image is not reached directly; it stands behind, an emergent value, something lost, half glimpsed, somehow essential’ (Matthew Lanyon website 2004 ‘About Painting’)
The exhibition will be a rare opportunity to encounter the particular brilliance and gravity of Matthew’s work.
If you would like to attend the opening preview of this very special exhibition then do come along, for further information please contact the gallery or look online.
* Some of you may be interested to know that Matthew is buried in the Methodist section of Lelant cemetery (St Uny), close to the estuary, and a few yards from his father’s grave. His headstone erected in 2017 was carved in slate by Jonny Nance, a local family friend since childhood, and features this, an idea of him in the high heavens, fearlessly bowling the sun to us with an immensity of tenderness. It is a quote from his own writing
‘Roll out those heady suns on careful curves out west’
Be sure to wander around the back of the slate before taking your leave.