© The Estate of Tony O'Malley
Tony O'Malley, Irish, 1913-2003
Title: In Memory of Peter Lanyon - Newmill Quarry in Winter with Windhover
Date: 1964
Medium: Oil on board
60 x 122 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 2018
Object Number: NGI.2018.9
DescriptionThis is one of a series of paintings that O’Malley made following the death of his friend, artist Peter Lanyon (1918-64), in a glider accident. He referred to it as a ‘symbol picture’. The winter after Lanyon died O’Malley saw a hawk hovering over a quarry near Trevaylor in Cornwall. The scene’s perspective is flattened so that the composition is almost abstract.The dark abyss in the snowy landscape hints at the fragility of life, while the soaring bird signifies freedom and creativity.
ProvenanceArtist's Estate; purchased, Taylor Galleries, 2018
Exhibition HistoryNew Perspectives. Acquisitions 2011 - 2020, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 11 May - 2 August 2021

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