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Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, has announced that the painter Albert Irvin sadly passed away on 26 March at the great age of 92. The gallery says ‘Bert was a wonderful gentleman and an amazing artist and will be sadly missed by many’.
Albert Irvin, known to many as ‘Bert’, was born in London in 1922. Bert was first introduced to the Irish art world in 1984 as one of the selected artists included in the ROSC international exhibition of contemporary art, where his large, brilliantly hued canvases were a big hit. For over 50 years he has been regarded by many as one of Britain’s foremost painters. He exhibited widely in Ireland over the years, including five solo exhibitions at the Peppercanister Gallery as well as at venues such as the Hendriks Gallery, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen.
Bert studied at Northampton School of Art from 1940 to 1941, before serving as a navigator in the RAF during the Second World War. Throughout his career he has been known for his joyfully expressive and communicative work and exuberant use of high colour. His first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at 57 Gallery, London and since then he has exhibited internationally at galleries including Tate Britain, The Royal Academy and the Hayward.
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