Gillian Ayres

1930 - 2018 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Gillian Ayres was a creative visual artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Gillian Ayres, born in 1930, died in 2018. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Gillian Ayres' work is on display at Cristea Roberts Gallery located in London, the United Kingdom. Gillian Ayres' work has most recently been exhibited at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London (03 April 2019 until 10 May 2019) with the exhibition Song Beneath the Stars. Gillian Ayres' work has also been exhibited during the The World As Yet Unseen exhibition at Art First in London, the United Kingdom (05 April 2019 - 14 June 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant degree outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Gillian Ayres

Gillian Ayres was born in 1930 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1950s. During the Post War period, New York City became the global focus for Modernism. Throughout the Second World War, many artists had travelled to the city after having fled in exile from Europe, which resulted in a merging and amalgamation of talent and ideas. Whilst in New York, influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades that followed. Significant artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In subsequent revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been acknowledged, amongst many other female creatives.

Gillian Ayres

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