Ayres lives in a house tucked away in the valley separating North Devon and Cornwall.  She still paints her enormous abstracts on a daily basis despite turning 80 in January.

Andrew Marr described Gillian Ayres as ‘probably the finest abstract painter alive in Britain’.  He continued: ‘Ayres has always been obsessively concerned with painting — the unfolding of a self contained logic, whirling chaos held just in check. In her acid/sweet collisions, the complexity and crampedness, and then the unscrambling, of the canvas, it’s about energy, laid down in colour and transmitted in shockwaves to the viewer.’