Michael Ayrton [1921-75] -  We specialise in the work of Michael Ayrton and represent the artist's estate - there is an exhibition of his work here now.

He began as a painter as one of the UK's 'Neo- Romantic' group of artists, including Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Keith Vaughan. 

In 1954 Ayrton also began to sculpt and is now probably better known as a sculptor. He died at the age of only 54, but still had over 70 one-man exhibitions worldwide [approx. 13 in the USA].

Michael Ayrton sculpture & paintings are held in over 50 public collections throughout the world, including MOMA [NY] and the Tate Gallery [London]. There are several books on Michael Ayrton work and a large biography by Justine Hopkins.
                    MICHAEL AYRTON [1921-75] - 'Watching Figure'
                                 1957, bronze, ed.9, 35 cm long
           Provenance: Eric Linklater, Scotland; private collection, UK
Literature: 'Michael Ayrton Drawings & Sculpture', 1962/66, C P Snow, Cory,     Adams & Mackay, pl.55 [this cast illustrated]                          

This is included in our current Michael Ayrton exhibition - catalogue available

            MICHAEL AYRTON
       Michael Ayrton sculpture
We want to buy sculpture, drawings and paintings by Michael Ayrton

We usually have large amounts of Ayrton's work including etchings, drawings and paintings - please contact us if you are looking for anything in particular
                      MICHAEL AYRTON - 'Discovery of Nautilus' 
              1969 - bronze & perspex - ed.9 [4/9] - 40 x 57 x 40 cm

Provenance: Private collection, UK [acquired directly from the artist's family]
Literature: 'Michael Ayrton', P.Cannon-Brookes, Birmingham Museums Press, 1978, p.118, pl. 212

The best of Ayrton's large reflectors [his most original work]

This is in our current Michael Ayrton exhibition - catalogue available    
                                            MICHAEL AYRTON [1921-75]
                                                     Reflective Heads 1
                                                       edition of 9 [1/9]
                                                       53 x 33 x 22 cm
Provenance: private collection, UK [acquired directly from the artist's family]
Literature: 'Michael Ayrton', P.Cannon-Brookes, 1977, Birmingham Museums Press
p.120, pl. 120

This is the first and larger of the 2 maquettes for the huge 22 feet high sculpture in Troy Michigan, USA [Ayrton's largest public sculpture]. There is a head on each side of the polished bronze screen, facing in different directions, with a smaller head inside each [see Cannon-Brookes p.119 for a more detailed description and analysis] 

bronze and reflective perspex
edition of 9
51 x 38 x 23 cm

                                           MICHAEL AYRTON [1921-75]
                                                       Minotaur Risen
                                                   etching, edition of 75
                                                          77 x 59 cm

We have several of Ayrton's Minotaur etchings - available individually in our current Michael Ayrton exhibition - catalogue available - all are signed artist's proofs, which were the first to be printed and are the most sought after [the majority of the edition were unsigned with only the studio stamp signature]