Maeve Gilmore at Ancient & Modern, London, from November 5 to December 13, 2014
Maeve gilmore’s paintings range from her assured early portraits to the later, more exploratory and occasionally tentative, narrative scenarios, with the figure still a key element.
initially reflecting a Euston Road School influence, from the 1950s the work began to align with aspects of British surrealism, espoused particularly in the still life depicted as landscape. As her husband’s health declined her previously secular imagery gave way to a more spiritually- inspired gesture and economy of means. This presentation, her first solo exhibition in London for decades, brings together a group of paintings from the mid 1940s to the early 1970s, focusing in particular on her portraiture.
Brought up in Brixton, south London, educated in Sussex and Switzerland, gilmore studied at Westminster School
of Art where she met her future husband, Mervyn Peake (author of the ‘gormenghast’ trilogy of novels), in the 1930s. After his death gilmore wrote “A World Away” (1970), a biographical account of their life together in London, West Sussex, Kent and on the island of Sark.