Location: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance
Gillian Ayres is a solo exhibition of new prints and sculpture by one of Britain’s most respected and best-loved post-war artists. Ayres has adopted a variety of styles and techniques throughout her 60 year career. A dedicated printmaker, the recurrent shapes in her recent body of 12 woodblock prints remind us of the gardens, places, and natural phenomena of the Cornish landscape, a place she has lived and worked in for thirty years, having previously taught in the south west at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, from 1959 to 1965. Works titled Rhodiola, Fiesole and Heligan draw on names of places, plants, constellations of stars and famous gardens. The prints will be displayed alongside two recent sculptures, a new artistic media for an artist that is unconventional in life and in work. This body of work, exuberant, vigorous and full of colour and energy, demonstrates how Ayres continues to forge her own individual path regardless of fashion or opinion.
Image credits: Gillian Ayres