Leonora Carrington - Lancashire's Surrealist Painter

Leonora Carrington OBE, was a Lancashire-born artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. She was born on the 6th of April 1917 in Westwood House, Clayton-le-Woods; the family later moved to Crookhey Hall and Mansion near Lancaster, which is now a school with her paintings. Leonora was a feisty debutante from a very upper-class family, causing no end of havoc to her family due to her anti-social behaviour; she was expelled from three convent schools, once for exposing herself to a priest! Whilst studying art in London she ran off to Paris with her artistic lover Max Ernst after meeting him at the great Surrealist exhibition in 1937.She was a key member of the Parisian Surrealist group, her circle of friends included Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Andre Breton and Marcel Duchamp. In WWII, when the Nazis invaded Paris she fled to Spain where she suffered a mental breakdown and had to be rescued from the asylum by her former Irish nanny sent especially by her family from England! She then went to New York and travelled to Mexico where she married Renato Leduc, a Mexican poet and journalist. She married again in 1943 to Chiki Weisz and finally settled in Mexico City until her death on 25th May 2011 aged 94. Leonora, the last great surrealist, was best known as an artist of haunting, dreamlike works many focusing on strange ritual-like scenes with animals, and mystical creatures possibly inspired by her Lancashire upbringing and interest in witchcraft, Catholic symbolism and the landscape. She also wrote short stories, poetry and novels, her most famous being an hilariously strange book, ‘The Hearing Trumpet’ (a Penguin Modern Classic 2005) about an elderly woman in a care home. Leonora Carrington was awarded an OBE in 2000. Newspaper Articles – Above Chorley Citizen June 8th 2011 Current Exhibition http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/leonora-carrin... http://www.leocarrington.com/ http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jan/28/leonara-carrington-w... http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/leonora-carrington

Leonora Carrington - Lancashire's Surrealist Painter