Not on display
- Gillian Ayres OBE 1930–2018
- Engraving and oil paint on paper
- Image: 1060 × 1073 mm
- Purchased 1994
Ayres began printmaking in the 1950s. She faced the challenge of how to transfer the physical material and expressive gesture of her paintings to print. One solution she arrived at in the early 1990s was to make hand-painted additions and use an engraving technique that added physical texture to the print.
Ayres often used a circular form in her paintings at this time. The critic Tim Hilton remarked that the circumference ‘is both continuous, hence restless, and compassing, therefore tending to shelter and concentrate the matter of the picture.’
Gallery label, October 2019
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