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.
1st-17th December 2017
Private View: Friday 1st December 6-9pm & Sunday 3rd December 12-2pm
In the studio with George Irvine
Ahead of his debut exhibition at The Compton Gallery, SoGlos chats to Cotswold artist George Irvine about his artistic background, love of landscapes, and what visitors can expect from his latest contemporary fine art showcase.
Fine Art Edition Prints
Isle of Wight Collection
Last Summer 2016, I spent five days working on the Isle of Wight. Brook Beach, on the West of the Island felt like an oasis of calm, despite looking into one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. I bumped into an old friend in Seaview who’s father had the perfect and surely best view across the channel to the mainland. I spent most of the time painting from their balcony, taking in the wonderful mix of traditional Seaview dinghies (made of elm) that shone in the sun, to ferries, cargo ships and oil tankers
These three paintings were started at Glen Etive in October 2015 by kind permission of the Fleming family. My dear Dad was gravely ill at the time and the trip was cut short as I had to rush south to be with him. To me, this series captures some sort of romantic spiritual power that this dramatic landscape so often resonates.
I made two oil paintings of Exmoor last summer 2016. We witnessed wall to wall sunshine that was rare for Exmoor as the locals kept saying. Stags, wild ponies, valleys and moors.. what a place!
Despite having lived in this landscape all my life, it keeps on pulling me in. Spring is very much the theme of the Lyneham and Stow on the Wold paintings where I hope you will enjoy living with that incredible unique English ‘nature transition’. Occasionally we get a heat wave and the Great Tew painting could almost take you to Provence. All these paintings were made in the landscape and are visual notes on a series of happenings throughout the day
"Give me Five..."
Out of the Frying Pan
Pushing to the Edges
I see my i phone as an extension to my painting and drawing. In fact I have started to draw using the iphone palette on some photographs where I feel more clarity of the “seen” is needed. This set of postcards illustrate a range of interests and my love of Instagram as a medium for humour, colour and questioning.
Commission a Work of Art
Fine Art Edition Prints
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.
Contemporary British Artist