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Gillian Ayres (02:53)


Ayres would like another 77 years of painting, creating new work instead of being derivative. She focuses on tone, color, and intensity.

First Figurative Paintings (04:21)

Ayres reminisces about her early landscapes and natural paintings. Abstract art rebels against humanism. Painting is an emotional, expressive experience.

"Hempstead Mural" (02:35)

Ayres reminisces about painting the mural for the school.

"Black Brown Yellow Fusion" (04:39)

Ayres discusses using the same French rippling paint as Pablo Picasso. The piece has no brushwork; she poured paint directly onto hardboard.

"Break-off" (02:23)

Ayres explains how she continued to pour paint but replaced the hardboard with canvas. The scale is large in this painting series.

Ayres' Later Work (08:44)

Ayres describes her technical process. Influenced by Egyptian art and travel to India, she begins to paint leaves and tree-lines on canvases. All painting consists of shapes and marks.

Credits: Gillian Ayres (00:28)

Credits: Gillian Ayres

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Gillian Ayres

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Gillian Ayres studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1946-50, before running the AIA Gallery with painter Henry Mundy whom she married. As a young artist in the 1950’s, Ayres was closely involved with leading British abstract artists including Roger Hilton. Ayres was quick to respond to European tachism and American abstract expressionism, creating a body of work that placed her at the forefront of her generation. In the sixties, she was the only woman artist to be represented in the important Situation exhibitions, showing large paintings combining oil and paint that aimed for the sublime using very radial drip and pour techniques of action painting. Gillian Ayres defined her career by ranges of style and manner. In the sixties, she created glamorous and decorative images in keeping with the hedonistic mood of that time. In the seventies, Hans Hofmann inspired Ayres and returned back to an extreme and painterly extraction. Later in that decade Ayres moved back to oil painting and went on to develop her exclusive colorful style and has made an impressive mark on British art.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL194741

ISBN: 978-1-64867-386-3

Copyright date: ©2008

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