Gillian Ayres was born in 1930 and studied at Camberwell School of Art between 1945 and 1950 before going on to a successful career as an abstract painter and teacher at schools including Winchester School of Art and Central Saint Martin's School of Art.

Gillian has worked on vinyl and canvas, and is also a dedicated printmaker with published woodcut prints. Finding no inspiration in the figurative work that was promoted in the college at the time, she left and began to paint abstracts, such as this early work which encourages the viewer to consider the abstract shapes within daily life.

Gillian Ayres CBE RA, Someday, 2010. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

Gillian is best known for her signature style of abstraction on canvas with heavily layered and vibrant sections of pigmented oil paint. She is considered one of the leading British abstract painters of her generation, and has exhibited internationally including at the V&A and MoMA. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1989.

Key facts: We have two works by her in the collection. One of the works was a very early work in the collection (it was accessioned in 1962).

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