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Throughout his career Lanyon made three-dimensional constructions, and these are an important aspect of his art. In his earliest works of this kind, done in the late 1930s, he used
materials such as wood, glass and gelatine filters which he combined to make small objects like stage sets. Lanyon's constructions had a close relationship to his painting. They were, he wrote, 'experiments in space to establish the illusion and content of the space in the painting'. In 1959 Lanyon took up gliding and this affected how he looked at, and subsequently painted, the landscape. 'Turn Around' is a relief which takes its subject matter from the act of gliding. It is one of his late works, merging the boundaries between painting, collage and construction.

September 2004