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Albert Irvin: ‘Colours of Feeling’

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Filmed in his gloriously paint-splattered studio, Albert Irvin OBE RA discusses the motivations and processes behind his colourful canvases with curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist. With an intuitive approach to colour, Irvin's paintings radiate with feeling.

Learn about the artist's remarkable life and work in this intimate HENI Talk, filmed before the artist's passing in 2015 at the age of 92.


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Albert Irvin OBE RA was born in 1922 in London, where he continued to live and work throughout his life.  In the early 1940's Irvin attended Northampton School of Art.  His studies were interrupted when he was called up, serving as a navigator in the Royal Air Force during the war.  After the war ended, he enrolled at Goldsmiths College in London to resume his studies.  In 1962, Irvin returned to Goldsmiths where he taught for twenty years. In 1970 he moved into his studio in Stepney Green and continued to work there for the rest of his years.

Irvin has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the USA and in Australia.

His works are also in many public collections including Tate, Royal Academy and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The British Council; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Manchester City Art Gallery; Leeds Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

He formed a working relationship with Advanced Graphics in 1979 with a print named Tooley and continued producing prints with them until he died.  He joined Gimpel Fils in 1982 and the gallery continues to represent the Estate.

In 1998 Irvin was elected Royal Academician and in 2013 was awarded the OBE in the Queens's Birthday Honours List.

He died on 26^th^ March 2015 in St George's Hospital, London.

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