Bri­tish ab­stract artist Gil­lian Ayres dies at 88

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Bri­tish artist Gil­lian Ayres, whose ab­stract works cel­e­brated shape and color, has died at 88.

The Alan Cris­tea Gallery, which rep­re­sented her, says Ayres died “peace­fully” in the hos­pi­tal Wed­nes­day near her home in south­west Eng­land.

Gallery-owner Alan Cris­tea said, “As a fe­male ab­stract artist work­ing in the U.K., Gil­lian Ayres was way ahead of her time and the vast ma­jor­ity of her male coun­ter­parts, but of course, for her, gen­der was an ir­rel­e­vance.”

Ayres was praised for her bold ab­stract paint­ings and prints. She was nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious Turner Prize, and had solo ex­hi­bi­tions around the world, in­clud­ing shows at the Tate Gallery in 1995 and the Royal Academy of Arts in 1997.

Her works are in ma­jor col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing Britain’s Tate and New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art.


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