Gillian Ayres OBE
The Colour That Was There 1993

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The Colour That Was There
Date 1993
Medium Acrylic paint and screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 922 x 920 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1996
Not on display

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Ayres created this painting by applying acrylic paint over a screenprint. The original shapes of the print can be seen under and between the brushstrokes. This creates a sense of depth and space, despite the abstract nature of the composition. The bold forms and vibrant colours may suggest elements of the landscape and familiar objects, but the artist is primarily concerned with the creative process. In this painting, she has left the traces of that process visible and incorporated them into the final image. The interplay between the painted and printed lines indicates the close relationship between painting and printmaking in Ayres' work.

September 2004

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