Michael Ayrton (1921-1975) was a true 20th century renaissance man. He was a sculptor, painter, printmaker of figures and landscapes, illustrator, draughtsman, theatrical designer, filmmaker, writer and art critic. Well-known for his sculptures and drawings, Ayrton saw himself simply as an “image-maker”.

 

Although he spent time at Heatherly’s and St. John’s Wood School of Art, both in London, Ayrton’s education in art mainly came from his travels in Europe. He lived in Vienna in 1936, and in 1937-1939, he shared a studio with John Minton in Paris, studying under Eugéne Bérman and working in George de Chirico’s studio. He returned to the UK and taught at Camberwell School of Art in 1943-1944.

 

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