Daedalus/Icarus Matrix | Michael Ayrton | © The Artist’s Estate


Exhibition dates: 29th May – 31st October 2021, subject to government guidelines.

The Fry Gallery on Castle Street will be closed during 2021, whilst a new extension is built. During that time, exhibitions will be held nearby at:
The Fry Art Gallery Too
9b Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1BN
This building is adjacent to the main gates to Saffron Walden Museum.

Michael Ayrton (1921 – 1975) was a precocious, individual, productive and passionate artist, whose oeuvre spanned painting, sculpture, drawing, illustration and theatre design. An outspoken intellect, critic, author, consummate communicator and bon viveur, Ayrton lived in the North West Essex village of Toppesfield for over 20 years until his early death.

Housed in The Fry Art Gallery Too, this exhibition focuses on his sculptural output between 1953 and 1974, comprising 12 bronzes, generously loaned by his estate, together with the holding of the North-West Essex Collection at The Fry Art Gallery Saffron Walden. Works in other media and extensive archive material complete a timely assessment of an artist who undoubtedly ranks amongst the finest English painters and sculptors of the mid-20th century.

Exhibition sponsored by:

and Shirley Parish, in memory of Dorothy Staples.