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Gillian Ayres (book)

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Gillian Ayres (book)

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This book is the definitive monograph on an artist described by many commentators as Britain’s finest abstract painter. For more than six decades, Gillian Ayres has been celebrated for her use of vibrant colour and bold forms to create exuberant compositions full of movement and energy. Unconventional in life and in work, she has forged her own individual path regardless of fashion or opinion. Not wishing to conform or to be categorized in any way, she has adopted a variety of styles and techniques throughout her career. In the 1950s, she applied oils and household paint with rags and brushes, and by pouring and squirting, in gestural works reminiscent of tachiste painting and Abstract Expressionism. In the 1960s, she created light-filled images in oils and acrylics in keeping with the hedonistic and optimistic mood of that age. In the 1970s, she approached the canvas as an expanse to be filled with an extreme and painterly alloverness. Later in that decade and into the 1980s, she began to use thick and heavy impasto in carefully designed arrangements; and in recent decades, she has developed a distinctive style of simplified organic motifs and areas of flat yet intense colour. At all times, Ayres has explored the mysterious territory that lies between abstraction and representation, attempting to discover, as she puts it, ‘what painting is, and what can be done with paint’. Coinciding with a major retrospective exhibition at National Museum Cardiff, this beautifully produced volume spans Ayres’ long career, from her student days to the very latest works. It includes all of her major paintings, with a dedicated section on her substantial body of prints. The book also features many photographs of the artist in the studio and at home and other ephemeral materials, making the publication the complete word on this acclaimed and original artist’s life and work. 30.5 x 27.5 cm portrait

Author: Foreword by Andrew Marr. Texts by Martin Gayford and David Cleaton-Roberts. Designed by Tim Harvey
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908970-30-5
Binding: Hardback
No. pages: 406
Language: English
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