Gillian Ayres dies at 88

One of the leading British abstract colourist artists of the last 50 years, Gillian Ayes, has died aged 88.

Ayres studied at Camberwell School of Art, a cradle of British abstract painting, and had her first exhibition in 1957. She later taught at St Martin’s and Winchester School of Art. She had major exhibitions at The Serpentine, Tate and the Royal Academy, and was elected a Royal Academician in 1987. She was made a CBE in 2011.

Fellow students such as Howard Hodgkin remained lifelong friends, and she married another, Henry Mundy, who survives her with their two sons.

Ayres was a trailblazer who saw her gender as irrelevant.  "Shapes. Spaces. It's the way I see the world" she once said 

London-born, latterly she and Mundy lived and worked in relative seclusion in North Cornwall.

 

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