An intimate insight into the moving story of this reclusive, charismatic and prolific Cornish artist whose father, renowned modernist Peter Lanyon, died when Matthew was only 13
No Holds Barred reaches into the remarkable life of Matthew Lanyon, the late Cornish artist whose reclusive, comedic disposition disguised a fierce dedication to art, powered by learning, love and loss. He was the third child of Peter Lanyon, the internationally acclaimed modernist painter from St Ives who died tragically following a gliding accident in the summer of Matthew’s 13th birthday.
This intimate film, co-directed by Judith Lanyon, Matthew’s widow, along with Cornish filmmaker Barbara Santi, draws on his own words and paintings, his rich collection of unseen short films and recordings, and the breathtaking geology of West Cornwall. Matthew’s close family, collectors and collaborators speak in newly filmed interviews about a complex man with visionary talent, courage and skill for whom art and life were one.