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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

One more leg of the 800 mile journey! ...

Surfers walking towards the Channel. #watercolour ...

Back at base #studio #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #gloucestershirelandscape #gloustershire #oxfordshire ...

Cleaning oil brushes this a.m !!! ...

What we have been waiting for !!! Gloucestershire at its finest today. #oiloncanvas #landscape #painting ...

#light #shadows #structure #agriculture #ukfarming #fineartphotography ...

Dancing on the moon 🌝 light #horizon ...

Today I saw a wedding party . The VIPs were in purple. Including men in purple suits. But this reminds us of what most of us missed and are so pleased to see !!!! #bonkers #british ...

Rev inn up for a hot one ! A few beers and my curry this Sunday night? #CURRY in the garden! @the_crown_inn_church_enstone . We wish India the very best in its journey to Recovery. 🙏 Opening times this bank holiday weekend : Sunday food 12-3pm & 6-8pm curry and bar. Monday; food 12-3 and bar 12-7.00pm depending on custom. PLEASE BOOK! Through our website www.crowninnenstone.co.uk ...

A mega cloud passed by ...

Occasionally I offer a bargain!! Before my October exhibition of new works 1 or 2 paintings will have to go ! This is 38 x 30 inches including frame. Oil on canvas and painted in 2017 at exactly this time of year when dark skies frame the brilliance of new growth. Painted just above Lyneham on the road verge. DM for slashed in 1/2 ... price! SOLD #oxfordshirecountryside #oilpainting ...

John Albert Edward Spencer Churchill , 10th Duke of Marlborough with his wife Mary. Loving the everyday Britishness being played out in contrast with the marvellously bonkers Palace . Their pose ready for The photographer / Artist Martin Parr . But the Hilman Avenger and the ice cream van don’t quite hit his brief. See #blenheim , it’s incredible interiors and landscaped gardens followed by a 15 minute drive from Woodstock to @the_crown_inn_church_enstone to unwind weary feet in another kind of historic Britishness . #aristocracy #britishness #history #oxfordshirepub . Photograph by Slim Aarons . Getty Images 1957 ...

A painting that came back to me with the brief to lighten the mood. The left hand side was extremely dark and the sheep were under suggested. #commission #oiloncanvas @qedframing ...

What a dude!! 4 months and 5 days since he left Hull. His deadline is Christmas. Once a #royalmarine , now on a mission around #uk #coast ...

Idea for @the_crown_inn_church_enstone #hangingbasket ...

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