A son to Peter LANYON and a brother to Andrew LANYON, Matthew was a somewhat latecomer to the world of art, first attending Leicester University and then working at a wide variety of jobs before making the leap into painting pictures. Beginning in the late 1980s to paint, it was not until the 1990s that he started to exhibit his work.
With the familial preference for Cornish-based art, Matthew's abstract landscape paintings took up the topographical, cultural and personal reference to what he saw and knew from having roots in west Penwith. His first major solo show took place at the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance in 2007. It included a painting seven metres long entitled 'Journey to the Stars'. In recent years he had begun to experiment with architectural glass and tapestry, pushing the scale of his work to the truly monumental.
Matthew Lanyon died of cancer in 2016. In an obituary in 'The Guardian', he is described as 'a Cornish painter whose passion for the landscape and cultural legacy of his beloved county ran as vibrantly as ore through his work. He made an immeasurable contribution to the art of the region.'
2007, 2010: Rainyday Gallery, Penzance Solo Show October-November
2007, 2010: Rainyday Gallery, Penzance Solo Show
2010: New Craftsman, St Ives Andrew and Matthew Lanyon's Works
2013: Porthminster Gallery, St Ives - solo exhibition
2016: 'In the Tracks of the Yellow Dog', New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives (Sept)
2018: 'Faster than Words, Older than Thought', New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives (8 Sept-6 Oct)
Ruhrmund 'What's On' in Cornishman 21 Oct 2010
Tate St Ives, Art Now Cornwall Artist Guide 2007
Cornwall Today (Jan 2017) - obituary by Alex Wade
The Guardian (9 Dec 2016) - obituary by Mercedes Smith
Cornwall Today (Sept 2018) 'A Cornish Legacy' by Mercedes Smith