The Spiritual in the Abstract: Gillian Ayres’ Papua (1988)

Figure 1: After Sandro Botticelli (1444/1445–1510), The Madonna of the Magnificat (19th Century). Oil on canvas, 111.8 x 11.8 cm. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Figure 2: Gillian Ayres, Merlin (1983). Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5 cm. The John Creasey Museum, Salisbury.
Oil painting showing lots of different colours and patterns
Figure 3: Gillian Ayres, Papua (1988). Oil on canvas, 274.3 x 274.4 cm. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Painting depicting the destruction of a city with fire
Figure 4: John Martin, The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852). Oil on canvas, 136.3 x 212.3 cm. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Photograph of woman with brown hair, jumper and jeans sitting in front of art
Figure 5: Gillian Ayres by Roger Mayne modern bromide print from original negative, 1960, © Roger Mayne / National Portrait Gallery, London

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