Alexan­dra Pringle’s favourite paint­ing

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Il­lium by Gil­lian Ayres

The editor in chief at Blooms­bury chooses a vi­brant work by her friend that ‘lights me up’

‘Gil­lian Ayres has been my friend since the early 1980s. We have trav­elled to­gether in In­dia, Egypt and Ye­men and my times spent with her in her homes in Wales, then Devon and in far-flung places are some of the most pre­cious of my life. Her work lights me up. There is some­thing about the com­bi­na­tion of gor­geous colour and shape, of ab­strac­tion that echoes nat­u­ral forms that I find in­tox­i­cat­ing, that gives me a rush of joy ev­ery time I look at her work. Like Matisse, as she gets older, Gil­lian’s work be­comes bolder, more vig­or­ous, more ex­cit­ing and youth­ful. This, Il­lium, from a re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion, is a per­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tion Ayres’ of all that I love about the work of Gil­lian

Alexan­dra Pringle is editor in chief at Blooms­bury

Il­lium, 2011, by Gil­lian Ayres RA, (b. 1930), 4ft by 6ft, Pri­vate Col­lec­tion

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