Gillian Ayres abstract paintings have the same mood-enhancing affect as Matisse’s Cut-Outs or Hockney’s Bigger Splash. There’s a lovely exhibition of paintings and woodcuts from the artist’s six-decade-spanning career at the Alan Cristae gallery, London. It’s on for another week and well worth a trip; this blast of bold colour and pattern is guaranteed to perk you right up. Ayres was 87 in February, studied at Camberwell College of Art in the 1950s, taught at St Martin’s in the 1970s and has been awarded an OBE and made a Royal Academician but is not as widely recognised as her male contemporaries…

As with Hockney, it’s quite hard to find a picture of Ayres without a cigarette in hand, here’s one taken by George Wright:

The largest exhibition of Gillian Ayres’ work to date is on at the National Museum Cardiff, Wales until 3 September 2017. And there is a Gillian Ayres exhibition curated by the Alan Cristae Gallery at the Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Penzance.

10 thoughts on “Gillian Ayres exhibition (s)

  1. What an extraordinary happy burst of colour! Would it be awfully disrespectful of me to wish these gorgeous prints on a scarf? So tactile, so mouth-watering, so irresisteble. Mmmmm…

  2. I hadn’t heard of Gillian Ayres before reading this. I like the artwork and I like the fact that she is definitely down to earth. It doesn’t bother me if she usually has a cigarette in her hand. I only managed to kick the nasty habit myself last year!

  3. I went to see her exhibition in Southampton City Art Gallery many years ago and loved her work then and still do. Can’t make this exhibition unfortunately.

  4. Thanks for this tip. Just been to see Ayers’ exhibition at the Museum of Cardiff – which was fabulous! And yes, her paintings would make very cool prints for scarves!

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