Albert Irvin

9 - 25 Oct 2008

Renowned British artist Albert Irvin will hold his third solo-exhibition at the Gallery in October 2008. His large, vibrant canvases have led to him being described as one of the most optimistic and colourful abstract painters of our time. To celebrate Albert’s 85th birthday Tate Britain is currently hanging four of his paintings for one year from January 2008 to 2009. One of these paintings entitled Ely (1995) was painted in a studio in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Albert Irvin was first introduced to the Irish art world in 1984 as one of the selected artists included in the ROSC international exhibition of contemporary art, where his large brilliantly hued canvases were a big hit, two of which were purchased by an Australian collector, the Museum of Modern Art in New South Wales. Since then he has exhibited widely in Ireland, including two solo exhibitions at the Peppercanister Gallery as well as at venues such as the Hendriks Gallery, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen.

He was educated at Northampton School of Art, he then went on to join the Royal Air Force in 1941 where he remained for five years. He then went on to study at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ College of Art, London from 1946 to 1950 and in 1962 returned to the college as a member of it’s teaching staff, a post he upheld for over twenty years.

Since the war years he has exhibited widely internationally and is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost living painters. This forthcoming show at the Peppercanister will exhibit, among others, four very large, impressive canvases, including Prima I, with its vivid reds, pinks and oranges which seem to positively glow from within the picture plane. Smaller works include Memory, whose soft pinkish hues are juxtaposed with lush areas of green seeping through the canvas.

His vibrant paintings are in public and private collections worldwide. He was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in London in 1998. He also shows regularly at Gimpel Fils Gallery in London. He has been the subject of numerous films and publications about his life and work, including the volume Albert Irvin: Life to Painting by Paul Moorhouse, published by Lord Humphries in 1998. He is pre-eminent in the group of modern colourists that includes John Hoyland RA, John Bellany RA and Gillian Ayres RA.

The Private View will take place on Wednesday 8th October 2008 between 5.30 and 7.30pm. The exhibition will be formally opened by Eoin McGonigal S.C., Chairman of the Board of IMMA, and will run until Saturday 25th October 2008.