Some recent solo exhibitions
Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin 2009, 'Tim Ayres – to increase in return'
Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam 2007, 'On the status of the glass of water at its halfway mark'
Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich 2006, 'New Works'
Stadsgalerij Heerlen, 2004
Some recent group exhibitions
ArtZuid 2009, Amsterdam 2009, 'Berlage in Beeld'
Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam 2005, 'Bock mit Inhalt'
Centro Cultural Andratx 2005, 'Later on we shall simplify things'
Tim Ayres, Rutger Fuchs (ed.), Tim Ayres: amongst others, [s.l.]: Tim Ayres 2007
Geert Blijham [et al.] (ed.), UMC Utrecht Kunst Collectie, Utrecht: UMC Utrecht 2005
Alan Uglow, Elly Stegeman, Tim Ayres, Amsterdam: Galerie Onrust 1999
Selected public and corporate collections
Peter Stuyvesant collectie, NL • Stadsgalerij Heerlen, NL • Stichting Kunst & Historisch Bezit Fortis in Nederland, NL • Kunstcollectie UMC Utrecht, NL
Scraps of text, words that have slipped, interrupted phrases and abstract portrait are typical of Tim Ayres' paintings. The figurative representations are often reduced to light-and-dark contrasts; the textual fragments are in fact nothing more than abstract lines on a coloured background. The lines form words, then a sentence and finally something open to interpretation. Ayres bases the phrases on words he picks up on in film, music or conversations he overhears all over the world. In essence, his work seems all about the art of omission. There is a number of constants in his work – he generally paints on a panel measuring 130 x 150 cm or multiples of them and the words are rendered in the Eurostyle font. Ayres: 'Eurostyle has simple letters separated by quite a lot of space. The letter's basic shape has roughly the same proportions as my panel format.'
Tim Ayres was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1989-1991.
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