The Lightbox spotlights the multi-faceted work of post-war artist, Michael Ayrton in a celebration of his centenary year.
The work of Michael Ayrton is full of stories, unsurprising for an artist who was also a novelist. An incredible painter, illustrator and sculptor, Ayrton also dabbled in writing, stage design and broadcasting among other professions.
This exhibition focuses on his cross-genre work, taking a particular look at his impressive skill in painting. Notable portraits in the exhibition include depictions of fellow artist Wyndham Lewis, composer Constant Lambert and novelist Norman Douglas. These will be displayed alongside his sculpture work demonstrating how the artist worked across both mediums in tandem. And, there will also be intricate set-designs on display such as his work for a well-known wartime production of Macbeth.
Rarely seen paintings and book illustrations sit alongside sculpture inspired by Greek myths, demonstrating the incredible breadth of Michael Ayrton’s work.