A COLOUR BOX
Modernity

Len Lye
4 min
UK 1935

Abstract animation by Len Lye, made by painting directly onto film.

Len Lye
(1901–80) New Zealand / UK

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Len Lye studied at Wellington Technical Institute and Canterbury College of Art (NZ). In London, he exhibited with the Seven and Five Society and at the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition, and designed bookjackets for Robert Graves and Laura Riding. The success of his film ‘A Colour Box’ 1936 led to commissions from the GPO and other advertisers. He moved to New York in 1944 to work for the March of Time. Post War, he self-funded films, and exhibited kinetic sculpture. He died in New York in 1980

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