About the Artist

Born in Liverpool, Thelma Ayre came to Shropshire in 1985. She studied illustration at the Laird School of Art, Birkenhead and is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Jordanhill College of Education. She has worked as an illustrator with Associated Freelance Artists, London, and was an Art Teacher in Scotland and Cheshire. Now, Thelma is a full time painter and part time lecturer at Walford College.

A regular exhibitor throughout the UK, Thelma Ayre has paintings in the permanent collection of the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum(Merseyside Tate Gallery Group) where she was Purchase Prize Winner in 1988, 1998 & 2001, as well as in private collections in the UK, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

She has had work accepted by the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, Society of Women Artists (London and Scotland), Birmingham Society of Artists, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art Wales, Bristol Academy, Bath Society of Artists, Gallery 41, Edinburgh, John Noot Gallery Broadway, Silk Top Hat Ludlow et al. 

Solo Exhibitions include Little Theatre Birkenhead, Irvine Arts Centre, Theatre Hafren Newtown, Waterfront Gallery Stromness, Histon Gallery, Cambridge, Wrexham Library, Ludlow Library, Gateway Shrewsbury, and Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury.

Ayre's work has evolved over the years towards a more abstract approach. Concerned largely with the landscape, and occasionally returning to narrative figurative subjects. Much influenced by her years in Scotland, the Scottish landscape, the "Colourists ", and the "light ".

Thelma has studied with the late David Donaldson (head of painting, Glasgow), the late James Robertson, Robin Child and Barbara Rae RA. Later influences include Keith Vaughan, Nicholas de Staƫl, Patrick Heron et al.

Ayre is a regular exhibitor, throughout the U.K, three prizewinning paintings of hers are in the permanent collection of the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Part of the Merseyside Tate Group). Other prizes were awarded at Glasgow School of Art, R.B.S.A., Friends and S.A.D.A.A.