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Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)

Biography of artist Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)

Michael Ayrton (1921-1975) was a painter and sculptor, theatre designer, illustrator, broadcaster, writer and critic. His father was a poet and art critic and his mother a prominent feminist and member of the labour party.

Ayrton's early influences were Paval Tchelitchew, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.

At 18, Ayrton was commissioned to design Gielgud's Macbeth at Camberwell School of Art 1942-1944.

Ayrton pursued sculpture from the mid 1950s, obsessed by certain themes: the skull, the maze, the Monotaur and Daedalus.

A retrospective exhibition of Micheal Ayrton's work was held at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1955, a posthumous show at Agnews in 1984, an exhibition The Figure Celebrated at Bruton Gallery in Leeds in 2001; and Landscape at Edward Clark in 2004.

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Lot FS14/505

Lot FS14/505: Michael Ayrton [1921-1975] - A Stage Design, Possibly For Guielgud's Macbeth

Michael Ayrton [1921-1975] - A stage design, possibly for Guielgud's Macbeth - signed and dated '94-' also inscribed with annotation 'Note for Mr Johnstone:-.......... gouache, overall size 33 x 48cm Michael Ayrton: Painter and sculptor, theatre designer, illustrator, broadcaster, writer and critic. His father a poet and art critic, his mother a prominent feminist and member of the labour party. His early influences were Paval Tchelitchew, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. At 18 he was commissioned to design Gielgud's Macbeth at Camberwell School of Art 1942-1944. He pursued sculpture from the mid 1950s obsessed by certain themes; the skull, the maze, the Monotaur and Daedalus. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1955, a posthumous show at Agnews in 1984, an exhibition 'The Figure Celebrated' at Bruton Gallery Leeds 2001, and 'Landscape' at Edward Clark 2004.

Estimate: £600 - £900
Realised: £750