Members Gallery - Debbie Ayles

Debbie Ayles



'I am interested primarily in lines and the patterns and spaces in between. Architecture offers a limitless variety of opportunities to create work based on linear descriptions.

 As an evolution from my earlier series of paintings concentrating on dilapidated East Anglian Barns, I have recently been inspired by other types of buildings. A commission to paint Lloyds of London made me look at other structures from modern office blocks to historical sites, buildings undergoing restoration and ‘new builds’. These have resulted in a number of paintings where scaffolding has been an important part of the composition. The structure of the building underneath and the support network of the scaffolding enfolding it offer an increased complexity. This complexity carries over into my drawings where I emphasise various qualities such as patterns, angles and shapes.  The next stage is the painting. I find that some lend themselves to pure linear treatment with a subtle background formed from a simplified detail of the main building. In others I use a complicated mosaic of pastel colours to solidify the structures and reduce the strength of the lines.




2012       Highgate Contemporary Art, Highgate High Street, London

2012       Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich


2012/11/09/8       Eastern Open, King's Lynn Art Centre, King's Lynn


2012       RWS Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition


2011       New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London


2011 /09/07        The London Group Open Exhibition, The Cello Factory/Menier Gallery, London


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


2010       Neal's Yard Galleries, Chelsea, London


2010       ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London


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


2009       Art Liberating Lives, The Mall Galleries, 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 




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Essex Support Structure


Restoration Project Norwich

Barbican smaller  


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Maldon Scaffolding House