Gillian Ayres OBE

January

1993

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Not on display

Artist
Gillian Ayres OBE 1930–2018
Medium
Engraving and oil paint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1060 × 1073 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1994
Reference
P77669

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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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