Irvin’s joyous work on show

Albert Irvin
Albert Irvin

Albert Irvin who celebrated his 90th birthday this year will be showing an exhibition of his original prints at Settle’s Linton Court Gallery this winter.

Irvin is one of Britain’s most established and respected abstract artists and has exhibited widely both in Britain and abroad.

He was elected a Royal Academician in 1998 and his work is in many public collections including the Tate Gallery.

His huge, brightly coloured and joyous paintings and prints are a celebration of life. This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see work by such a celebrated artist in the north of England.

Irvin’s vibrant paintings and prints are composed of abstract forms such as circles, lines and crosses, and feature bright and often contrasting colours. It is through these shapes and colours that Irvin explores “the experience of being in the world”.

Irvin was born in London in 1922, He was conscripted in 1941 and served as a navigator in the RAF. After the war, he studied at Goldsmiths College, where he later taught. Mary Gavagan of Gavagan Art, who has curated this exhibition is familiar with Irvin’s work having organized two previous exhibitions in 1991 and 2003 while she was director of the art gallery at Lancaster University.

There will be work by three other abstract artists in this exhibition including David Knight who is head of art at Giggleswick School, Colin Binns, art lecturer at University of Central Lancashire and Beverley Hicks who teaches art at Settle High School.

Work can be purchased from the exhibition and the Arts Council’s Own Art scheme will be available.

The exhibition runs until December 22 and the gallery will be open during the exhibition from 11am until 3pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.