a celebration of Being

Albert Irvin’s aim is to find a way to make explicit the ineffable human spirit. His subject is the question: how can the inner experience of being alive be laid on canvas in visual language?


Albert Irvin: Druid 1984 Druid 11


Can I make a painting about human experience
without having to depict appearances?
Can I paint the human spirit rather than noses and feet?
Can I reveal the splendours and agonies of life through space,
colour, light, shape, line, confrontation, rhythm
and inflections in the paint?

Source: Albert Irvin: Life to Painting


Albert Irvin: Blenkarne 7

Blencarne 7


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.’
Source – Royal Academy of Art

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Paul Moorhouse - Albert Irvin: life to painting

Albert Irvin: Life to Painting
Paul Moorhouse



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