Celebrating Michael Ayrton: A Centenary Exhibition

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Celebrating Michael Ayrton: A Centenary Exhibition

The Lightbox gallery brings an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of artist and polymath Michael Ayrton.


The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, Surrey, has a full and varied exhibition programme to look forward to in 2021, beginning with a celebration of the centenary of Michael Ayrton.

This exhibition will celebrate the work of artist and polymath Michael Ayrton (1921-75), a painter, sculptor and draughtsman whose remarkable and wide-ranging talents make him a key, but underexplored, figure in post-war British art.

Ayrton was a hugely skilled painter whose work epitomises the mid-twentieth century world of English music and literature, whose landscapes proclaim the beauties of the English countryside, and who was obsessed with the Greek myths of Icarus and Daedalus, the Minotaur, and Demeter and Kore.

The exhibition will highlight how Ayrton used drawing and sculpture to bring greater conviction to his vision and will include major paintings as well as examples of his stage designs and book illustrations.

Guest curated by writer, curator and critic Andrew Lambirth, the exhibition is mounted in collaboration with The Ingram Collection, and drawn from public and private collections, from the Artist’s Estate and from the chief art seller in Ayrton’s work, Keith Chapman in Scarborough.

Entrance to the exhibition is with a £7.50 Day Pass, and Lightbox Members and under 21s visit for free.

The Art Fund Prize gallery and The Ingram Sculpture Gallery are free for all visitors.

Above right is Roman Window, 1950, Oil on canvas, (c) Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Future exhibitions include Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth and Bridget Riley: Pleasures of Sight.

A comprehensive programme of associated events to accompany exhibitions including talks, tours and creative workshops for families, children and adults can be found at thelightbox.org.uk


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