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Lanyon was born in St Ives and returned to Cornwall after serving with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Headland – the dramatic convergence of cliffs and sea – reflects Lanyon’s early interest in the ambiguous spaces and edges in nature, the intersections of core and surface, land and water. Like Ivon Hitchens, with whom he corresponded during the 1950s and 1960s, Lanyon looked at landscape from multiple perspectives, recording his bodily experience of places from above, behind and below. Naum Gabo’s constructions were also important models for his working practice, which he referred to as ‘immersion in landscape.’

May 2007