Arthur Lanyon 'Arcade Laundry' In Jonathan Jones' Guardian 'Week In Art'
It was headlined by critic Jonathan Jones in the Guardian Guide ‘Art Weekly’ alongside public exhibitions by Mary Quant and Phillida Barlow.
Jones stated “Arcade Laundry, the title of painter Arthur Lanyon’s solo show, is irresistible and it captures the chaotic urban energy of his art. Paradoxically, this painter of modern life is not only showing in the pastoral south-west, he lives and works there, in Penzance. In fact, he is the grandson of Cornwall modernist Peter Lanyon, whose abstract talent he appears to have inherited" .
"There's plenty going on in @arthur.lanyon 's paintings: 'Clay Thurch' is oil, oil primer, oil stick, acrylic, charcoal powder and collage on linen; and he sees his recent work as fusing the aesthetics of the video arcade, children's drawings, altered states of consciousness and an artificially lit cave! Perhaps his famous grandfather sneaks in there, too. This particular melding of busynesses looks typo-titled, especially when you spot the collage element shaped like a church. But 'thurch' is an onomatopoeic slang term for the sounds of clay in an artist's hands, making this a witty way to bring sculpture into painting and equate the slap of clay with the splosh of paint. From a substantial solo @animamundigallery in St. Ives"