Artist(s): Gillian Ayres
Author(s): Mel Gooding
Year published: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 192
Illustrations: Includes 138 colour and 30 b&w illustrations
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This is the first book on major British abstract painter Gillian Ayres, one of the most widely loved and respected of contemporary British artists. As a young artist in the 1950s, Ayres was closely involved with leading British abstract artists, including Roger Hilton. She was quick to respond to both European tachism and American abstract expressionism, creating a body of work that placed her in the forefront of her generation. In London in the early 1960s she was the only woman artist represented in the important Situation exhibitions, showing large paintings combining oil and household paint that aimed for the natural sublime using the most radical drip and pour techniques of action painting. For many years from then on Ayres’s career was marked by diversities of style and manner. In the 1960s she created glamorously decorative images in keeping with the hedonistic mood of the time, but by the early 1970s she had returned to an extreme and often austere painterly abstraction. Inspired by the painting of Hans Hofmann, Ayres returned to oil painting in the late 1970s and went on to develop a distinctively colourful and allusive style, creating some of the most richly sensuous images in recent British art.This book traces the creative career of a remarkable artist, placing it within historical, contemporary and critical contexts. With over a hundred and thirty colour reproductions of her paintings it is an essential contribution to the history of British art in the second half of the twentieth century.
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