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Helios (1990) is an Oil on canvas painting by Gillian Ayres OBE.  In Greek Mythology the sun was personified as Helios, though as the artist herself has said: 'I like titles and care for them but they do not describe the paintings.'

 

 

 

Painting

Gillian Ayres CBE

Helios (1990)

 

Oil on canvas

Helios was bought with the aid of grants from The Art Fund and MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund in 1991. The painting is held at Leeds City Art Gallery which is in public ownership.

A plaque beside the painting reads:

Although not a Gregory Fellow, Ayres was the only woman to be included in the important 'Situation' exhibitions of British abstract art held between 1960 and 1963, that launched a new generation of abstract painters to the public.

This later work shows her abiding interest in European 'Tachism' and American Abstract Expressionism which inspired her to create a form of abstraction committed to the self-sufficiency of the painted image. One of her principal guidelines is that the act of painting be a 'condensation of sensation and perception', a creative experience for both the maker and the viewer.

In Greek Mythology the sun was personified as Helios, though as the artist herself has said: "I like titles and care for them but they do not describe the paintings."

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 13 April 2011

 

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