The truly great painter, lady and surrealist Leonora Carrington died this week aged 94. She remains my most inspired vision of the world that I seek in all my paintings. Her journey as an artist, the way of it, the sense of it, and the world of her paintings, remain a constant map to the underworld of our thoughts, emotions and that narrative that defines what it is to be human. She never cared to be anyone but herself. A quality that is in desperately short suppply. She shall be greatly missed. She is irreplaceable. I will never quite get over never having met her, or spoken with her, to tell her my admiration and gratitude for her legacy.
"One is born, one lives, one dies. What death is, I don't know." Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)
The Guardian UK
Debutante turned surrealist Leonora Carrington dies at 94
Lancashire-born artist, a painter associated with host of 2oth century greats, dies in Mexico hospital
Leonora Carrington, a British-born Surrealist and onetime romantic partner of Max Ernst whose paintings depicted women and half-human beasts floating in a dreamscape of images drawn from myth, folklore, religious ritual and the occult, died on Wednesday in Mexico City, where she lived. She was 94.
Top image: Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, St Martin d’Ardèche (France), 1939 -by Lee Miller from: Ruth Brandon, Surreal Lifes - The Surrealist, 1917-1945 (Grove Press, New York, 1999). More Studio Diaries