School of Art

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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Michael Ayrton

Born: 1921, UK, England, London   Died: 1975, London

Painter, printmaker, sculptor, theatre designer, writer and film-maker. Son of the poet Gerald Gould (1885-1936). He initially studied in London before moving to Vienna in 1936. He later moved to Paris where he studied under Eugene Berman (1899-1972) and shared a studio with John Minton (1917-1957), 1937-39. He also worked in the studio of Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978). On returning to London he was awarded a commission for theatre designs for John Gielgud’s 1942 production of 'Macbeth'. He served briefly in the RAF during the Second World War and worked as an art critic for 'The Spectator' between 1944 and 1946. He painted neo-romantic landscapes and, from the early 1950s, produced bronzes based on the Greek legends of Icarus and the Minotaur

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Demeter PR3590 Prints

Girl and Cat PR3647 Prints

Minotaur Consecrated PR3569 Prints

Sacred Place PR3592 Prints

Siesta PR3646 Prints

The Goatherd PR3648 Prints

The Meeting WD1070 WaterColourOrDrawings

The Purblind Doctor Zacharies WD1069 WaterColourOrDrawings

[The Unfortunate Traveller] WD1071 WaterColourOrDrawings

What the Thrush WD873 WaterColourOrDrawings