Approved: 16.08.2006

Debbie Ayles

Artist, Project manager, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 16.08.2006

"These are paintings that I fully expect to see featured in glossy magazines, on walls of loft-style apartments or trendy London homes. If an interior designer hasn’t discovered Debbie Ayles’ works yet, I would be very surprised and rather disappointed.’' Rachel Sloane, East Anglian Daily Times

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  • Location: Colchester, East
  • Activities: Further education, Adult education, Residencies, Community arts, Private commissions, Critical writing, Curating, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Marketing/communications
  • Categories: Publication, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Research
  • Tags: architecture, realism, mosaic, linear, watercolour, acrylic, buildings, buildings, Lynn Painter-Stainers, Royal Watercolour Society
 
 

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    Biography

    "These are paintings that I fully expect to see featured in glossy magazines, on walls of loft-style apartments or trendy London homes. If an interior designer hasn’t discovered Debbie Ayles’ works yet, I would be very surprised and rather disappointed.’' Rachel Sloane, East Anglian Daily Times

    'Many buildings have architectural elements including bricks, windows, doors, chimneys, guttering and timber framing, but these features often fade into the background or become part of an overall sense of experience of a ‘building’.

    Debbie Ayles examines buildings in a way that re-defines their structural integrity and uses the defining edges of the details around the object to uncover patterns that would not normally be noticed or seen, or if they are, would usually become homogenised and combined in our minds in a way that tends to fade them out.

    Kaavous Clayton, Curator, The Minories Galleries, Colchester School of Art part of Colchester Institute. 

    My paintings are the result of my fascination with lines, patterns and spaces. I find architecture offers a limitless variety of opportunities to create work based on these elements. When out and about I often notice buildings hidden by scaffolding: office blocks, historical sites, buildings undergoing restoration and ‘new builds’ and find the support network of metal poles offers an increased complexity to the image. Sometimes only in place for a short while, the transitory scene is appealing as well as the fact I only glimpse it for a brief moment myself. Such discoveries have resulted in paintings where the scaffolding is an important part of the overall composition.

    Some subjects lend themselves to pure linear treatments where I use solid blocks of colour underneath a painted representation of the building; in others, I create a complicated mosaic of colours solidifying the structures formed from the drawing. Often using photgraphs back in the studio they arestudied, drawings were made, shapes extricated, reflected, overlaid and manipulated to make both more complex and more simplified images and a number of paintings arecreated as a result. I am also using reflections as a way of enjoying patterning.

    Recently I have tried to emphasise the temporary nature of the scaffolding by adding thin layers of paint and underdrawings that hint of another story unfolding underneath. The underdrawing is often an area selected from the main drawing, chosen to enhance or define the finished layer. This segment is then manipulated and painted on top of layers of crimson, blue, and yellow washes. The intricate mesh of the foreground is painted as a negative image in pale washes creating a misty appearance to the landscape.

    I have shown at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London and the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside, London, the London Group Open and The New English Art Club Open, Norwich Castle Open Art Show and the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition. I have also had numerous solo exhibitions include Norwich Playhouse and Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk, My painting 'Restoration Project: Abberton' (Manwood Barn) is now part of the Eastern Contemporary Art Collection at The University Campus, Suffolk and I exhibited as part of FANN13 in Norwich: the art/architecture trail running there in October.

    In 2005 I won the 'Art meets Science' category of the Daily Telegraph/Novartis Photographic awards. In 2006 I was the co-contributor for the chapter 'Sarah Raphael's Migraine with Aura as Inspiration for the Foray of Her Work into Abstraction', in 'The Neurobiology of Painting' edited by F Clifford Rose, published by Academic Press, Elsevier, San Diego, Volume 74 of the 'International Review of Neurobiology'. In 2004 Arnold Wilkins and I received a 'sciart Research and Development Award' from The Wellcome Trust to explore the relationship between pattern combinations and colour, and the visual stress they can induce. This Award culminated in an Exhibition in July 2006 at the University Gallery, University of Essex.

    I have collaborated with authors and scientists in various publications such as 'L'Arte/di Giorgio de Chirico' published in Milan, 'The New York Daily Newsletter' and Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in August 2002, The Independent and Cephalalgia 2002. I have appeared on local radio stations to talk about art as well as a BBC World Service broadcast about migraine in art.

    From time to time I teach art degree students as well as give talks to art groups and GCSE art students. Clients include Starbucks, The Wellcome Trust Photographic Library, Essex County Council, NHS, East Contemporary Art Collection and Private.

    CV & Education

    EXHIBITIONS

    COMPETITIONS

    2015    Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Mall Galleries, London

    2014    Royal Watercolour Society Watercolour Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Bankside, London

    2014    Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London

    2014    Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Mall Galleries, London

    2014    Eastern Open, King's Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk

    2013    Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

    2013    Royal Watercolour Society Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside, London

    2012    Norwich Castle Open Art Show, Norwich, Norfolk

    2012    Visions of East Anglia, The Minories Galleries, Colchester, Essex

    2012/11 Eastern Open, King's Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk

    2012    Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside, London

    2011    New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London

    2011    The London Group Open Exhibition, The Cello Factory, London

    2011    Elements: Material Worlds, the forum, Norwich, Norfolk

    2010    ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2010    Elements: Man and the Environment, the forum, Norwich, Norfolk

    2009    Art Liberating Lives, Mall Galleries, London

    2009    The London Group Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

    2009    Royal West of England Academy 7th Open Print Exhibition, Bristol

    2009    21st Century Watercolour, Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London

    2008    Norwich Castle Open Art Show, Norfolk

    2007    The London Group Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

    2006    Visions of Science, Institut de Cultura, Barcelona

    2005/6 As part of Visions of Science Award tour venues including the Science  Museum, London, Glasgow Scientific Centre, Newcastle International Centre for Life, Buxton Museum &Art Gallery, John Cleveland

    College, Leicestershire, City College, Brighton, NEWI Wrexham, INTEC, Winchester, Belfast, Haslemere

    Museum, Surrey, Cheltenham Town Hall, Think tank, Birmingham

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2014    Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    2014    Harwich Festival of Arts

    2013    East Contemporary Art: A Collection of 21st Century Practice, Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Ipswich

    2013    FANN13, Festival of Art and Architecture in Norfolk and Norwich, Norwich

    2012    Highgate Gallery, 26 Highgate High Street, Highgate, London

    2012    Mandells Gallery, Elm Hill Norwich, Norfolk

    2010    Neal's Yard Galleries, Chelsea, London

    2010    House Open, Claremont Hotel, Brighton

    2010    Elements: Man and the Environment, the forum, Norwich, Norfolk

    2009    ARTSPACE, Henley on Thames

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2014    The Minories, Colchester, Essex

    2013    Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, Norfolk

    2013    Over the Sofa Gallery, Wivenhoe, Essex

    2011    Essex Records Office, Chelmsford, Essex

    2010/8 Digby Gallery, Colchester, Essex

    2010    End of Residency Exhibition, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex

    2010    Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk

    2008    The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk

    AWARDS
    2012       Creffield Medical Centre Art Competition: Prize winner
    2010       Cuckoo Farm Residency, 6 week residency at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Essex 
    2005       Photograph of Jesmond Barn wins 1st prize in the ‘Art meets Science’ award in the
                   Daily Telegraph/Novartis ‘Vision of Science’ Photographic Awards
    2004       Granted ‘sciart Research and Development’ award by The Wellcome Trust to 
                   investigate ‘Aversion to  Contemporary  Art’, in collaboration with Professor Arnold     
                   Wilkins, Director of Visual Perception Unit, University of Essex. 

    PUBLICATIONS
    2007       ‘Science’ magazine report on our sciart presentation to CambridgeUniversity
    2006       ‘The Neurobiology of Painting’ published by Academic Press, Elsevier, San Diego,Volume 74 of ‘International Review of Neurobiology’ edited by F Clifford Rose - co-contributor for the chapter ‘Sarah Raphael’s Migraine with Aura as Inspiration for the Foray of Her Work into Abstraction’ 
    2004       ‘What it is like to have a migraine: Debbie Ayles multimedia ‘Mig Installation’" Debbie Ayles, Nicola,Klaus Podoll, paper published in Confinia Cephalagia, Italy
    2003       New York Arts Daily Newsletter web article published about Sarah Raphael,
    2003       Paintings and research included in ‘L’Arte di Giorgio de Chirico’ written by Ubaldo Nicola and Klaus Podoll, published in Milan by Mimesisneuro-estetica
    2003       ‘Kaleidoscopic hallucinations as visual aura symptom in migraine’, published in Confinia Cephalagia, Italy
    2002       ‘Inspired by migraine: Sarah Raphael’s ‘Strip’ paintings’, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of  Medicine, Volume 95, Great Britain 
     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    2012       One of the 300 artists selected from 3333 entrants shortlisted for 2nd round of the Saatchi Abstract Showdown.
    2011       LA Times (May 21&23) publishes 'Greenacres' and 'Jesmond Barn'
    2010       Short-listed for Stage 2 of the John Moores 2010 Contemporary Painting Prize
    2008/4       BBC Essex, invited speaker
    2007       Ipart Art Fair, Cornhill, Ipswich
    2007       Original artwork prize at the Colchester Arts Society Open Exhibition
    2006       Detail of Jesmond Barn used for article in BBC Focus Magazine
    2004/5/6/8/10/11  Colchester and Tendring Open Studios, Essex
    2004       Short-listed for Stage 2 of the John Moores 23, Exhibition of Contemporary Painting
    2003       BBC World Service, ‘Outlook’ programme, invited guest speaker

    COLLECTIONS                                                                                                                                                                          
    Starbucks, The Wellcome Trust Image Library, Essex County Council, Essex County Hospital, Eastern Contemporary Art Collection at The University Campus, Suffolk and Private.