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Cut out and assembled painted wood

 

H: 40 ½ in (102.5 cm) W: 39 ¾ in (99 cm) D: 6 ¼ in (16 cm)

 

“In the past I have made collage, assemblage, constructions and paintings, using the backs of old posters, string, wood-shavings, cardboard, matches, nails, wood, cloth, paint and so on…”

Gwyther Irwin, 1979

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Gywther Irwin was an artist of great innovation and originality whose working method developed hugely throughout his career. Although he originally trained as a painter, he had abandoned painting in favour of collage by 1957. Irwin took inspiration from the European avant-garde, such as the art brut, Tachisme, graffiti and the found image. He would often create collages by using torn advertising posters, stripped from walls, however by the early 1960’s he expanded his repertoire, and began experimenting with a variety of other ‘junk’ materials, including string, corrugated cardboard and wood shavings, creating large three dimensional constructions that hover between painting and sculpture. Wave Rave, 1965 is an example of this where he repeats a simple motif using wood across the picture plane, whilst subtly refining shape, colour and texture to create a dynamic sense of depth and movement.

 

Irwin was born in Hampshire, but grew up on the north Cornish coast at Trebetherick. He was educated at Byranston in Dorset, where Roger Hilton was briefly the art master. He the attended Goldsmiths College before going on to the Central School at Holborn from 1951-1954. Towards the end of the 1950’s, he taught at Bath academy (1959-1963), Hornsey College of Art (1966-1968), and the Chelsea School of Art (1967-1969). In 1969 he was named head of the Art Department at Brighton Polytechnic, and in 1975 he became its Director. In 1957 he held his first solo exhibition at Gallery one, followed by an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1958, and more shows thereafter at the Gimpel Fils, London, starting in 1959. He was later the subject of solo exhibitions at the New Art Centre in 1973 and in 1975.

 

Irwin’s work belongs to some of the most important public and private collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery and the Contemporary Arts Society, London; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; and the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh.

Dimensions

H: 40 ½ in (102.5 cm) W: 39 ¾ in (99 cm) D: 6 ¼ in (16 cm)

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