Andrew Lanyon's The only non-slip dodo mat in the world at Falmouth Art Gallery

By Sarah Jackson | 25 November 2013

The son of Peter Lanyon, one of Britain's greatest Modernist painters, explores inventiveness with the help of an artist's collective

A wooden jointed doll lies on a table with a knife buried in its chest.
© Courtesy of Falmouth Art Gallery and Paul Spooner
It’s a question that many artists are concerned with: how does a person access their inventiveness?. How do we use our imagination to approach creative tasks – or, indeed, any activity at all?

Andrew Lanyon, the son of acclaimed St Ives painter Peter Lanyon, has been exploring this question with a collective of artists including Michael Chaikin, Paul Chaney, Peter Fox, Jamie Giddens, Fi Henshall, Will Jackson, Chris James, Sam Lanyon, Keith Newstead, Will Schofield, Paul Spooner and Carlos Zapata.

The collective has spent five years observing the inventiveness of people working in a number of different areas, from book-making, painting, writing and moving model making to tune finding, acting, dancing and more.

The results of these studies are represented with a quirky mix of sculpture, automata, installations, paintings, drawings and photography. Lanyon’s trademark wit and ingenuity can be found in each piece, creating a cohesive theme amongst the differing works.

A series of workshops will also invite families to join the collective in an exploration of imagination and inventiveness. Andrew Lanyon has produced a paperback book to accompany to the project, which is available to buy in the gallery shop priced at £10.

Brought up in the St Ives artist’s colony, Andrew Lanyon is the son of one of Britain’s greatest Modernist painters. His own practice uses photography, painting, collage, writing and bookmaking to create pieces which are humorous, original, and of course, highly inventive.

  • The only non-slip dodo mat in the World runs November 30 - February 1 2014. For more details about workshops and events please contact the gallery on 01326 313863 or email Follow the gallery on Twitter @FalmouthArtGall.

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Sculpture of a pair of lips with 8 copper pipe protrusions.
© Courtesy of Falmouth Art Gallery and Sam Lanyon
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