From 'Holyrood' to Stratford'. A selection of Irvin's vibrant abstract screen prints dating from the late 1980s to present. The exhibition includes many works which have not previously been displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts and works on show are a mix of editions and monoprints.The exhibition title evokes a wide geographical spread, which in turn is evident in the broad range of work which will be exhibited.
From 'Holyrood' to Stratford'. The Royal Academy of Arts will present a selection of Albert Irvin’s vibrant abstract screen prints
dating from the late 1980s to present. The exhibition will include many works which have not
previously been displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts and works on show will be a mix of
editions and monoprints. The exhibition title evokes a wide geographical spread, which in turn is
evident in the broad range of work which will be exhibited. ‘Holyrood’ is a street in SE1, London
and ‘Stratford’ is a road in a small town outside Boston, USA. Irvin’s titles always have a
connection with a cartographical reference.
Born in London in 1922, Albert Irvin studied at Northampton School of Art from 1940-41 and later at Goldsmiths College. He went on to teach at Goldsmiths as well as other art schools across the UK. At first Irvin’s works were figurative, but gradually the figure disappeared from his paintings and a new abstract language emerged. Many of his works are autobiographical in nature. His first solo exhibition took place in 1960 at Edinburgh’s 57 Gallery, since then Irvin’s paintings and prints have been exhibited and collected across the world. He first collaborated with Advance Graphics London (the studio that produces the majority of his silkscreens) in 1980. In 1990 the Serpentine Gallery staged a major retrospective of Irvin’s work from the period 1960-1989. He was elected Royal Academician in 1998 and regularly submits pieces to the annual Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. All works in the exhibition will be available for sale.
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Opening 14 June 2011
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
Opening: from 4–6pm daily,
fridays until 10pm