Contained Maze by Michael Ayrton

This painting and collage depicts a single figure; it combines surface appearance and revealed interior (intestines or labyrinth) with geometrical devices.


Acrylic & collage on canvas
102 x 152 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,500 ( Total: £14,500)
Acquired in:
Keith Chapman

It falls into Ayrton's long exploration of classical mythology: the animal/man/divine hybrid Minotaur and the labyrinth made for it by the craftsman Daedalus (with whom he identified). Ayrton lived in Essex from 1951 and helped to set up the Art History department at Essex University.


Elisabeth Ayrton; Keith Chapman.

Venue details

Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, CHELMSFORD Essex CM2 9AQ 01245 605 700

Entry details

Free to all

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