Lancaster art shop pays tribute to OBE artist

Albert Irvin
Albert Irvin

A Lancaster fine art shop is paying tribute to a London artist who inspired many.

Bellwood and Wright Fine Art are currently hosting an exhibition of work by Albert Irvin RA OBE.

Burt, as he was affectionately known, died on March 26 this year.

He was born in Bermondsey, South East London, on August 21 1922 and was a shopkeeper’s son.

He was called up in 1941 and, after training in Canada as a navigator, he flew bombing missions with the 236 Squadron over Germany.

When Andrew Wright and Sarah Jane Bellwood met him at the Royal Academy just before he died he proudly showed them photographs of himself receiving his OBE from Prince William.

At the time he said: “I flew over Germany with nothing but a map in my hands.”

Burt taught at Goldsmith’s for many years.

His large colourful canvases joyfully greet visitors in some of Britain’s best known establishments, including the Tate Britain who will be hosting a major retrospective of his work in the autumn.

Sarah and Andrew have been working with Bob Saich from Advanced Graphics in London for more than a year to bring their current exhibition together for Lancaster. Bob Saich, who worked with Burt for many years, opened the exhibition with a talk about Advanced Graphics’ approach to working with artists who are primarily painters.

He explained the handmade elements employed during the process, such as wood blocking the background and using oil based inks that allow the artist a more painterly finished result.

The exhibition of work by Burt Irvin will be showing at Bellwood and Wright until June 12 at 58 Penny Street. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm.