Chronik

1930
Born Barnes, London, England; Educated at St. Paul's Girls' School, London
1949
First Young Contemporaries
1946 – 1950
Camberwell School of Art
1951
First Exhibited with London Group
1957
Commission for 80 ft panels at South Hampstead School
1958
Son James born
1951 – 1959
Worked part-time at AIA Gallery
1963
Japan Int'l Art Promotion Association Award
1959 – 1965
Teaching at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, England
1966
Son Sam born
1975
Arts Council of Great Britain bursary
1965 – 1978
Teaching at St. Martin's School of Art, London, England
1979
Arts Council of Great Britain Purchase Award
1978 – 1981
Head of Painting, Winchester School of Art
1981
Moved to North Wales
1982
Second Prize, John Moores Biennale Walker Art Gallery, London, England
1982
Elected to A.R.A.
1985
TV film for Open University on abstract with Norbert Lynton
1986
Awarded O.B.E.
1987
Moved to Devon. Elected R.A.
1988
The Blackstone Prize, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1989
The Charles Wollaston Award, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1990
The Blackstone Prize, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1990
Korn/Ferry Prize, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1991
Gold Medal, Seventh Triennale - India
1995
Joined Gimpel Fils, London
1995
Lives in London and Cornwall
Ayres decided to become a painter at the age of fourteen, and studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1946-50, before running the AIA Gallery with painter Henry Mundy whom she married. During the entire period of her maturity as an artist she has produced abstract paintings of strong individual flavor owing both to European post-war abstraction and to American Expressionism. The former influence came indirectly through her meeting with Roger Hilton when he was experimenting with free abstraction. Of equal importance were photographs she saw of Jackson Pollock working on his paintings on the floor, which encouraged her to work without brushes and with physical movements unlike those of conventional easel painters.

In later years she continued to develop her almost instinctive approach to color, especially when in 1978 she turned from using acrylic to oil. In recent work she has sometimes continued to apply the paint until the surface gives way under the strain, but the colors retain their brilliance and individual quality.

Gillian Ayres' first solo show was at Gallery One in 1956, although she featured in many key group shows thereafter, for example Whitechapel Art Gallery's seminal British Painting in the 60s in 1965. Her solo shows however, are an impressive list: Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1981; Serpentine Gallery, 1983; the Tate Gallery, London (1995) and the Royal Academy in 1997. She has taught at St. Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art and was made an RA in 1991. Ayres's work has been exhibited in many group exhibitions in countries throughout the world since 1957, including France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Japan. She continues to exhibit regularly at Gimpel Fils, London and at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London. Gillian Ayres lives and works in Cornwall and London.

Ausstellungen

2002
FIAC, Paris, France (solo)
2002
'Featured Artist' at the Carlow Visual Arts Festival, Southern Ireland
2001
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England (solo)
2001
Gilmpel Fils, London, England (solo)
1999
Gimpel Fils, London, England (solo)
1999
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England (solo)
1999
De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea (solo)
1998
Storey Institute Gallery, Lancaster, England (solo)
1998
Group Show, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
1997
Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London- Toured to Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; Iowa University Museum, Iowa (solo)
1997
Major retrospective planned, The RA London, England
1996
Gimpel Fils, London, England (solo)
1995
Solo Room, Tate Gallery, London, England
1995
Purdy Hicks Gallery, Purdy Hicks Gallery London, England
1991 – 1994
Solo tour of work, Seventh Triennale India
1993
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, England (solo)
1993
City Art Galleries, City Art Galleries Manchester, England
1992
The Poetic Trace, Aspects of British Abstraction Since 1945, Adelson Galleries New York, NY
1991
Glasgow's Great British Art Show, Glasgow, Scotland
1991
Sole British Representative for the Seventh Triennale, India
1991
The Experience of Painting, South Bank Centre; Laing Art Gallery London; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
1991
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts London, England
1990
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
1990
Fischer Fine Art, London, England (solo)
1989 – 1990
Cornerhouse, Cornerhouse Manchester, England
1989 – 1990
Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield Gallery Manchester, England
1989
'Blasphemies, Ecstacies, Cries', Serpentine Gallery, London, England
1989
The President's Choice, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
1989
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England- Toured to Fruitmakret Gallery, Edinburgh; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (solo)
1989
Fruitmarket Gallery, Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland
1988
Drawings from Seillans, Knoedler Gallery London, England
1988
100 Years of Art in Britain, Leeds City Art Gallery Leeds, England
1988
Athena Awards, Barbican Arts Centre London, England
1988
The Presence of Painting: Aspects of British Abstraction, Mappin Art Gallery Sheffield, England and tour
1987
British Art in the Twentieth Century, Royal Academy of Arts; Staatsgalerie, London, England; Stuttgart, Germany
1987
Current Affairs, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England and tour to Eastern Europe
1987
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts London, England
1987
Knoedler Gallery, Knoedler Gallery London, England
1985
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY (solo)
1985
Summer in the City, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
1984
As of Now, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1984
Knoedler Gallery, Knoedler Gallery, London, England
1983 – 1984
Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts 4th National Exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, England
1983
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
1983
Peter Moores Liverpool Project 7, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
1983
Retrospective, Serpentine Gallery, London, England- Toured to Barnsley, Penzance, Nottingham and Llandudno (solo)
1982
Knoedler Gallery, London, England (solo)
1981
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England- Toured to Rochdale, Birmingham and Glasgow (solo)
1980
'Hayward Annual', selected by John Hoyland, London, England
1979
Knoedler Gallery, London, England (solo)
1978
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, England (solo)
1977
Galeria Alvarez, Porto, Portugal (solo)
1977
'British Painting 1952-1977', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
1976
Women's Interart Centre, New York, NY (solo)
1976
William Darby Gallery, London, England (solo)
1974
British Painting '74, Hayward Gallery, London, England
1973
Hoya Gallery, London, England (solo)
1973
Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England (solo)
1971
'Large Paintings- Three Painters', Hayward Gallery, London, England
1969
Kasmin Gallery, Kasmin Gallery London, England
1967 – 1969
'British Painting: the New Generation', Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1967 – 1969
John Moores Biennale, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, England
1967
'Recent British Painting', Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Tate Gallery, London, England
1966
Aspects of New British Art, British Council Touring Exhibition New Zealand and Australia
1966
Midland Group, Nottingham, England (solo)
1966
Kasmin Gallery, Kasmin Gallery London, England
1965
Kasmin Gallery, London, England (solo)
1965
Hamilton Painters and Sculptors, Hamilton Gallery London, England
1964
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England (solo)
1963
Hamilton Gallery, London, England (solo)
1963
'British Painting in the Sixties', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
1963
Seventh International Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
1962 – 1963
'British Art', touring exhibition, Denmark
1962 – 1963
Situation, travelling exhib, Arts Council
1962 – 1963
'British Painting', San Francisco Museum of Art, CA; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
1962
Molton Gallery, London, England
1961
'New London Situation', Marlborough Gallery, London, England
1961
Op and Pop, Stockholm, Sweden
1961
Focus on Drawing, Toronto, Canada
1961
Internationale Malerie, Aschaffenberg, Germany
1961
Opening Exhibition, Midland Group Gallery Nottingham, England
1961
John Moores, Liverpool, England
1960
'Situation', R.B.A. Galleries, London, England
1960
Art Alive, Northampton Museum of Art Northampton, England
1960
Guggenheim Award Paintings, RWS Galleries London, England
1960
Artist at Work, Midland Group Gallery Nottingham, England
1960
Contemporary Painting, Bristol City Art Gallery Bristol, England
1960
Molton Gallery, London, England (solo)
1959
'Premiere Biennale de Paris', Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris, France
1959
The Gregory Collection, ICA, London, England
1958
'Three British Abstractionists', Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, England
1958
'New Trends in British Art', New York/Rome Foundations Rome, Italy
1958
Redfern Gallery, London, England (solo)
1957 – 1958
British Abstract Painting, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand and Australia
1957
Kara Benson Gallery, Oslo, Norway (solo)
1957
'Metavisual, Tachiste, Abstract; Painting in England Today', Redfern Gallery London, England
1957
Peinture, Anglaise Contemporaine, Galerie du Perron Geneva, Switzerland
1957
La Peinture Britannique Contmeporaine, Salle Balzac Paris, France
1957
'Summer Exhibition', Redfern Gallery, London, England
1957
'Dimensions-British Abstract Art', O'Hana Gallery London, England
1957
'Peinture Anglaise Contemporaine', Musée des Beaux Arts Liege, France
1957
La Peinture Britannique Contemporaine, Galerie Creuze Paris, France
1956
Gallery One, London, England (solo)