Albert Irvin - Alba - C & C Art & Design Gallery

Albert Irvin (1922-2015)

Alba

Screenprint

1987

Signed in pencil

Image size: 22.2 x 17.5 cms

In perfect condition

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Albert Irvin signed prints and originals

Born in London he was evacuated from there during World War II,, and upon returning, went to study at the Northampton School of Art between 1940 and 1941, before being conscripted into the Royal Air Force as a navigator. When the war was over, he resumed his course at Goldsmiths College from 1946 to 1950, where he would later go on to teach between 1962 and 1983. He was elected to The London Group in 1955. He worked in studios in the East End of London from 1970 onwards.

Irvin won a major Arts Council Award in 1975 and a Gulbenkian Award for printmaking in 1983.

His work was widely exhibited both in the UK and abroad, in such places as Arts Council of Great Britain, Birmingham City Art Gallery, the Chase Manhattan,Bank the Contemporary Art Society, Manchester City Art Gallery, Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Warwick University Arts Centre.

His influences included Walter Sickert, Henri Matisse, JMW Turner, Jack Smith and Edward Middleditch.

Irvin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the visual arts.

Irvin was married to Beatrice Olive Nicolson in August 1947. Irvin’s first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at 57 Gallery, London. A major retrospective of his work from 1960 to 1989 was held at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1990. He continued to exhibit regularly at Gimpel Fils, London. Irvin was awarded a Travel Award to America by the Arts Council in 1968 and later received an Arts Council Major Award. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1998 and lived and worked in London.

Paul Moorhouse, Tate curator and author of the book Albert Irvin: Life to Painting, wrote of him: “even to those familiar with his work, seeing a new painting by Irvin can be an extraordinary experience akin to discovering a young, energetic artist in the first flush of ambition. Given the force of its restless energy, its freshness and the sense it communicates of an artist in love with his chosen activity, it is even more surprising to realise that this is the work of an artist in his late seventies.”


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