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Mons Graupius

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service

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‘Mons Graupius’ was in a touring exhibition of Gillian Ayres’ work which was shown at Rochdale Art Gallery in 1982 and was purchased the same year. One of Britain’s foremost painters, Ayres is known for her use of very heavy impasto and strong colour in her abstract paintings. Ayres often gives titles to her paintings but these should not be taken as a clue to what is depicted. They are purely abstract in the sense that they represent no recognisable forms or actual spaces. Anything the viewer discovers within the painting is of their own making and this of course is part of the experience Ayres’ paintings offer to the eye.

Touchstones Rochdale





oil on canvas


H 272.8 x W 254.5 cm

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purchased from the Knoedler Gallery, 1982

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Touchstones Rochdale

The Esplanade, Rochdale, Greater Manchester OL16 1AQ England

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