Gillian Ayresby Mel Gooding, Gillian Ayres
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
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.
Author Biography: Mel Gooding is a writer, curator and lecturer on art and architecture and holds the post of Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh College ofArt.
He has contributed extensively to the art press, has written important catalogue essays on many artists including Frank Auerbach, Maggi Hambling, Roger Hilton, Terry Frost and Patrick Caulfield and is joint editor of Surrealist Games, Alphabets and Other Signs and The Playful Eye with Redstone Press.
His books include John Hoyland (Lund Humphries, 1990), Patrick Heron (Phaidon, 1994), Mary Fedden (Scolar Press, 1995), Public Art: Space (Merrell Holberton, 1998) and Abstract Art (Tate Gallery Publishing, 2001). He is currently preparing a monograph on Ceri Richards.
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