At this Stage, 2001, [medium] Hand painted carborundum etching [/medium]

At this Stage, 2001, Hand painted carborundum etching

Celinale, 2012, [medium] Oil on canvas 152.5 x 153 cm [/medium]

Celinale, 2012, Oil on canvas 152.5 x 153 cm

Fingal, 2005, [medium] Carborundum etching from 1 plate with hand-painting [/medium]

Fingal, 2005, Carborundum etching from 1 plate with hand-painting

Finnegan's Lake, 2001, [medium] Carborundum etching, aquatint and hand painting [/medium]

Finnegan's Lake, 2001, Carborundum etching, aquatint and hand painting

Katsura, 2012, [medium] Woodcut in 19 colours [/medium]

Katsura, 2012, Woodcut in 19 colours

Maritsa, 2006, [medium] Oil on canvas [/medium]

Maritsa, 2006, Oil on canvas

The Owl and the Pussycat went to Sea, 2009, [medium] Oil on canvas [/medium]

The Owl and the Pussycat went to Sea, 2009, Oil on canvas

Will Summers, 2005, [medium] Carborundum etching with hand -painting [/medium]

Will Summers, 2005, Carborundum etching with hand -painting

Gillian Ayres is one of the leading British abstract painters of her generation. Born in 1930, she studied at Camberwell College of Art between 1945-50 and worked initially in London, later moving to Wales and then to Cornwall, where she currently lives. As well as the vibrant, heavily worked canvases for which she is best known, she is also a dedicated printmaker and we have recently published her first woodcut prints.

Gillian Ayres' first solo show was at Gallery One in 1956, and her work has featured in many key group shows thereafter, including the Whitechapel Art Gallery's seminal British Painting in the 60s in 1965. Her solo shows include the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1981; Serpentine Gallery, 1983; the Tate Gallery, London, 1995 and the Royal Academy in 1997. She has taught at St. Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art and was made a Royal Academician in 1991. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the British Museum, the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Alan Cristea Gallery: www.alancristea.com

Ayres Gillian, RA RWA Hon Academician

  • Date of Birth: 1930
  • Place: London
  • Profession: Artist