Work of the Week

Gillian Ayres
Green Grow the Rushes, O!
1990
Oil on canvas
138.1 x 414 x 4.1 cm
4 ft 6 ¼ in x 5 ft 4 ¼ x 1 ⅝ ins


This large-scale triptych, painted in thick impasto, evokes the artist's deep interest in botanical forms and the wild landscapes of North Devon where the artist moved to in 1987. Ayres' studio at this time opened out onto a garden of exotic and unusual specimens - a drama of colour and structure. This work was produced shortly after the artist travelled to India, a trip that brought new aesthetic influences to an already diverse palette.


The work shares its title with a mysterious English folk song which combines pagan and Christian references. The heavily worked canvas speaks of the energy and pleasure which imbued Ayres' work throughout her career. As the artist herself is quoted to have said; "why should painting be a misery, why can't it be joyous?"





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Gillian Ayres, Green Grow the Rushes, O, 1990
Gillian Ayres, Green Grow the Rushes, O, 1990
Gillian Ayres, Green Grow the Rushes, O!