New exhibition celebrates the life and work of internationally acclaimed sculptor from Yorkshire.

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3 May 2019

Large scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist Michael Lyons will be displayed in a major new outside exhibition in York this spring.

Ancient and Modern will include nine sculptures inspired by nature, myth and ancient cultures.

Lyons, who died suddenly in April 2019, worked from Cawood, North Yorkshire, with this the first major exhibition of his work in York.

The sculptures will be displayed in the unique setting of York Art Gallery’s Artists Garden, with the central space dominated by Amphitrite (1993), a large painted steel structure.

Becky Gee, Curator of Fine Art at York Art Gallery, said: “Michael Lyons’ incredible work has been shown around the world and in some of the most respected art institutions here in the UK, but this is the first large scale exhibition in York, his home city.

“His works will bring a new dimension to the setting of the Artists Garden, complementing and contrasting with the ancient walls of St Mary’s Abbey and the more rustic landscapes of the Edible Wood.

“Amphitrite is one of Lyons’ most ambitious creations and we hope it will excite and spark debate for those who come to see it as they explore this wonderful corner of the city centre.”

Before his passing, Michael said about the show: “‘To my knowledge this is the first time such a large exhibition of outdoor sculpture has been shown in York – certainly for many years.

“It is a great pleasure to make a contribution to the cultural life of York in this way and I hope that the exhibition will help to make sculpture a more integral part of the city.”

Becky added: “It has been wonderful working on this exhibition with Michael before his passing. His energy, warmth and creativity made a real impact on the gallery team and we hope the show will prove to be a true celebration of the extraordinary skill and talent he possessed.”

The exhibition is free and will run for 12 months.