Climb Out is one of the last ever paintings to be produced by the master of Modern British art, Peter Lanyon, and is a key example from the series of works known as ‘the gliding paintings’, given their long-deserved due at the Courtauld Institute’s critically acclaimed exhibition, Soaring Flight from 2015. Painted from 1959 until the artist’s untimely death in 1964 (following a gliding accident), these works channel Lanyon’s experience of taking to the skies from the tiny Perranporth airstrip, perched on a cliff-top on the exposed northern coast of the Penwith peninsular.
Lanyon was the first artist to have a retrospective in over forty years at the Tate in St Ives in 2010. Being one of the most important figures of Post War British abstract art, his works are incredibly sought after, both at auction and in the academic world. Notably, a painting that has much in common with Climb Out, but painted in 1961 was sold in London in November 2018 for 1.3million pounds.