One of the most significant abstract painters to emerge in London during the post-war period. A disciple and vanguard of the Taschist style, a non-geometric abstract style that developed in post-war Europe, Ayres was inspired by abstract expressionist art in the United States and painted in a lyrical, gestural style that stood in contrast to the hard-edge forms of her contemporaries.
Her print works are one of her most applaudable achievements; Ayres so closely mimics painterly qualities and hand-made marks and achieves heavily textured surfaces. In these works, the boundaries of print and paint are blurred as never before; with richly coloured carborundum surfaces and hand-painted additions.
Her work is represented in major public collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Council, the British Museum, the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, the Museum of Modern Art, Brasilia, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate, London, the Ulster Museum, Belfast, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.