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GEORGE IRVINE

Contemporary British Artist

Painting, Fine Art Photography, Sculpture & Print Making

The pressure, the speed and energy of a brushstroke or any sort of applied mark is the second most frustratingly out of reach yet important aspect of pursuit in my work. My aim is to make a work that will evolve with you and your life and not remain static. Although it is usually nature that is the starting point, the subject of a painting, photograph or print is becoming less important and capturing that elusive “essence”, that moves us, is what my work is increasingly prioritising.

Painting

When painting, I work within a variety of genres including Still Life, Landscape and the Figure. Painting is also a vehicle for me to explore more abstract qualities although I would say there is an unescapable thread back to realism however abstracted a work becomes. I use a range of painting mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, ink, collage and mixed media. I also treat the camera (see Fine Art photography section on website) as a tool for painting. On the whole my largest paintings are made in my studio although when Landscape is the subject, the priority is to work within it. Making ones own canvas or preparing a ground was something encouraged and taught in the first year at Art School. I still regard this as an important part of the creative process.

Commission a Work of Art

Clarity of communication between client and Artist is essential to this interesting collaboration. Finding a site, view or subject is of course the collaborative part. I try and work out the best option possible for the space the work is to be placed; in terms of size, colour and medium. Prices are based on size, location, medium and past experience. I can work from photographs and sketches if the commission is for a very large work.

Fine Art Photography

I am often exploring the same qualities in a photograph as I would with a painting. Chance, light, movement and colour are all words that come to mind. Finding something remarkable in the everyday or overlooked is an ongoing project. I have recently been using photoshop to layer photographs in order to evoke ambiguous qualities. I have recently been experimenting with the ephemeral character of sunlight, condensation  and brush marks. It has been a revelation to be using ‘Genesis Imaging’ in London who are printing editions for my recent work. These include acrylic face mount, giclee prints on archival paper and the Chromaluxe process. Editions are 1/5 or 1/10 depending on the image.

Sculpture

Through my time spent teaching, an interest in ‘the object in Art’ developed because I made and encouraged students to build a range of Still Life set ups. Eventually the more traditional set ups made that transition into ‘installations’ that could be interpreted as sculpture or works of Art in their own right. I began to question the idea of setting something up and then making a photograph or a painting of it. What could it add? Had the group of objects actually begun to occupy the realms of sculpture? It is an area I continue to admire and explore. With the help of the sculptor and friend, Hamish Mackie, I constructed of an armature. This enabled me to work on a clay sculpture back in my studio that was based on drawings of my Father’s hand during his final hours of life. Hamish kindly set up a meeting at Lockbund foundry near Banbury and they have made 3 bronzes from the cast. I look forward to making another sculpture.
print by George Irvine

Printmaking

Since secondary School I have worked with lithography as well as traditional etching techniques such as drypoint, aquatint and using acid to bite the mark into the metal plate. However whilst working in the Art Department at Stowe School we introduced a safer and more technological approach to printmaking that involves etching into a Solar Plate (photopolmer) using natural sunlight or an ultra violet lightbox. A brilliant course directed by Susie Turner reignited my interest in ‘photo-etching’ and I am about to set up my own print space in the studio. I have several framed etchings available for sale.

Fine Art Edition Prints

With print technology now so precise, a reproduction based on a scan or a photograph of a painting, printed on Archival paper can demand a degree of hard looking to ascertain originality. It has been great to work with ‘Genesis Imaging’ in London to produce such fantastic colour matching for the new series of prints. These can be bought directly from the website. Prints are limited editions 1/50 and available size A1 or A2 to include image and cotton white border. All printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Smooth Fine Art Paper 305gsm 100% cotton white.

Equally happy working in the landscape with a canvas tied to the side of his wife’s horse lorry, or lying on the ground photographing the reflection in a puddle. Printmaking at the Curwen Press Cambridge or recently making a bronze sculpture, George seems to take an interdisciplinary approach to his work. Recent experiments with Photoshop and the fusing together of painted, drawn and photographic elements seem like an opening well worth pursuing.

Mark Dickens
Contemporary British Artist

Prints for sale for Christmas. Taken from the original painting made this summer on Pabbay, Scotland looking towards Lewis and Harris. Fresh off the Press! A Giclee Print edition of 10 only. 3/10 4/10 5/10 6/10 7/10 8/10 9/10 and 10/10 available. £450 Unframed. (10% of price will be donated to The Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust per print) Signed and editioned. #hahnemuhlepaper #archival-ink. ...

Gorky very excited to be included in a trip to @qedframing ! #exhibition !!! 17 18 and 19 December ...

Lovely buzz in the bar tonight! #oxfordshirepub @the_crown_inn_church_enstone @crown_cottage_cotswolds ...

Drawing From Vincent Van Gogh’s Market Garden. ...

#drawing #movement ...

Bird spilt on a pavement #painting ...

Perhaps only funny ( or not ) for the mid lifers? ...

#autumn is a time for #reflection but equally a time to look forward towards the #light ….and bite off more than you can chew and prepare for an #exhibition !!!! 17, 18, 19, #december2021 ...

#cornwall . #sea #oiloncanvas #2021 ...

This is called ‘Dormant Hedge row’ painted last year in the studio as a result of long winter walks. I enjoy the different approaches to making Art whether more reliant on memory and experience or responding to the live actions of nature in nature. This painting was focused on the thorny hedge row and its complex intertwined web of undergrowth. And I enjoy the surreal suggestions of the anthropomorphic made by the subject. #exhibition 17,18,19 December, @ The Leys Gallery. ...

I had been driving around in very wet rain for too long looking for a place to paint and came across this burnt heather , early spring 2021. It was the first week that us English were allowed in to Scotland. The burnt out heather was blacker than my Indian ink could cope with but this barren landscape, scarred by fire, felt very in tune with how people were feeling at that time. And surprisingly as the rain dropped off the boot, everything got wet , the landscape offered hope and positivity as the promise of new growth and regeneration was present. Exhibition: 17,18, 19 December 2021 . #watercolour #ink #gouache #grouse #highlands #exhibition ...

Interesting light this evening #horse #trees ...

Made this summer on an unforgettable day of sun where the island transformed into a Caribbeanesque light box. The day before was also unforgettable in terms of wave action but that’s another painting! #watercolour #lewis #harris ...

Sitting in the Tuileries Garden a few weeks ago with @josephinetrotter_artist we sat and took notes. We watched the comings and going’s of the (mostly) People of the city. The Pompier and Police love their sirens and this added to the sense of a city still getting itself up and dusting itself off post pandemic. #soundsofthecity #watercolour #exhibition : 17 to 19 December at The Leys Gallery. ...

📣 an exhibition of new works that are continuing with the idea of employing the formal elements of colour, form, surface and expressive mark making to grapple with capturing a sense of time, movement and hopefully (!) contributing further to our collective awareness of the beauty, the preciousness of the natural world. ...

Preparing for mission to @qedframing
SAVE THE DATE : EXHIBITION @ The Leys Gallery OX77DP Friday 17 to Sunday 19 December 10am to 4pm or by appointment. DM for invitation to Christmas drinks private view. #oilpainting #cornwallpainting #scotlandpainting #cotswoldspainting #abstractpainting #exhibition #paintingsforsale
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Walking tonight towards a great #horse ...

Tree Guards in the Evenlode Valley. Oil on canvas. 2021. #cop26 ...

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