Gillian Ayres

Gillian Ayres (b. 1930, London, England. d. 2018, Devon, England) used titles to reference the mood of a completed painting rather than describing a precise motif in the work. The often-enigmatic names of the vibrant, heavily worked canvases, give an insight into the artist's deep connection with history. A love of reading and trips to the National Gallery during the Second World War inspired Ayres to paint. Whilst Ayres created works with "no composition" the precision taken in naming each piece gives the viewer a direct reference point for the final work. Her varied interests are reflected in the titles of the works from folksong 'Green Grow the Rushes, O' to 'Will Summers', the best-known court jester of Henry VIII.