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Merlin
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The John Creasey Museum

Merlin 1983

Gillian Ayres (1930–2018)

The John Creasey Museum

British abstract painter, born in London, where she studied at Camberwell School of Art, 1946–50. Tim Hilton described her as one of the British painters of her generation who were ‘impatient with landscape, the life-room, or *neo-romanticism’. She was one of the first British painters to be influenced by American *Abstract Expressionism and *Colour Field Painting, and was among the artists who first achieved prominence at the *‘Situation’ exhibition in 1960.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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