Tirra Lirra by Gillian Ayres
woven tapestry by Caron Penney:
6-27 June 2015
Private View Friday 5 June 6-8pm
We are pleased to also show “Tirra Lirra” alongside the Manhattan Exhibition, courtesy of Gillian Ayres, Alan Cristea Gallery,
This hand woven tapestry based on a painting by Gillian Ayres is 122 x 102 cm. Caron Penney of Weftfaced was commissioned by The Campaign for Wool to fabricate this piece in 2014.
The painting chosen by the artist to be rendered into weave was shown at the Summer Exhibition 2014 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. This wonderful painting lent itself to the subtlety of blended threads, which represent each brush stroke that the artist places onto the canvas.
The tapestry was first shown by the Campaign for Wool (CfW) at their exhibition 'Wool Interiors Collection', at Southwark Cathedral in “Wool Week” in October 2014. It has most recently been shown at Collect 2015, this May at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Although abstract, the painting is evocative of two poetic sources, as is often the case with Gillian Ayres:
The lark,that tirra-lirra chants,
With,heigh!with,heigh! the thrush and the jay,
Are summer songs for me and my aunts,
While we lie tumbling in the hay
from The Winters Tale by Shakespeare,
Act IV, scene II, Autolycus sings
His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;
On burnished hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flowed
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
"Tirra lira," by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.
from the Lady of Shallot by Alfred, Lord Tennyson