DePaul Art Museum > Exhibitions > Ellen Lanyon: The Persistence of Invention
Ellen Lanyon, Dragons and Dominos, 1999–2007. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago
Ellen Lanyon, Sultan’s Inkwell, 2006. Lithograph with graphite and colored pencil. Courtesy of the artist
Ellen Lanyon, Mega Tango, 1997. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
In her distinguished career, Ellen Lanyon (1926–2013) explored a range of visual imagery, from the exotic manifestations of the natural world to material culture: objects such as antique tools or kitchen equipment, somehow bridging the distance between categories through evocative titles and scrupulous examination of form. On a broader level, Lanyon's work reflects an experimental approach to painting and pleasure in its ability to re-present the world. This exhibition brought paintings from 1969 to the present together with a selection of found objects that filled her studio.