Gillian Ayres abstract painter 1930-2018

The wonderful Gillian Ayres, abstract painter, died on 11th April 2018 at the age of 88.

We were lucky enough to have made a short film with her back in 1985, when she was living and working in a remote farmhouse on the Llŷn peninsula in north Wales. She was like a 'mother earth' figure, and insisted on putting up our crew of six overnight and feeding us a delicious dinner with lashings of wine and a hearty breakfast. This was part of Looking into Paintings, a Channel Four series made in collaboration with the Open University.

There is an excellent Guardian obituary of her here.