Gwyther Irwin (1831-2008)

Artist Name Gwyther Irwin (1831-2008)
Title Edge of the Universe
Description This British abstract watercolour is by noted artist David Gwyther Irwin. Painted circa 1990 it is one of a series of paintings and is entitled Edge of the Universe. A superb painting and an excellent example of Irwin's work.

Signed lower right. Titled lower middle.
Provenance Cirnish estate.
Medium Watercolour on Paper
Size 27 x 19 inches
Frame Housed and mounted behind glass with silver frame, 35 inches by 27 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography (David) Gwyther (Broome) Irwin (7 May 1931 – 18 October 2008) was a British abstract artist born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, who had lived much of his life in north Cornwall. He was educated in Dorset, at Goldsmith's College and at the Central School of Art in London 1951–1954. Irwin first came to prominence in 1957 with an exhibition at Gallery One, and another at Gimpel Fils in 1959. In 1964, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, along with Joe Tilson, Bernard Meadows and Roger Hilton. In 1960, he married Elizabeth Gowlett and they had two sons and one daughter. His most famous artworks consisted of pictures assembled from newsprint and fragments of advertisements on paper, which he collected from the streets with his wife, and which were then worked up into collages often of fine delicacy and quite subtle shades. Some of his later works also used string, wood shavings, chalk and paint. In the 1960s he taught at art schools in Hornsey, Corsham and Chelsea before becoming head of fine art at Brighton polytechnic between 1969-84.

Gallery One, 1957
Redfern Gallery, Metavisual Tachiste Abstract, 1957
Institute of Contemporary Arts, "Three Collagists," 1958
Gimpel Fils, 1959
Situation, London, 1960
Paris Biennale, 1960
Biennale des Jeunes, Paris, 1961
The Art of Assemblage, MoMA, New York, 1961
Gimpel Fils, 1962
Gimpel Fils, 1963,
Venice Biennale, 1964
Recent British Painting, Tate Gallery, London, 1967
Two one-man exhibitions in 1975 & 1978
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 1981
Retrospective, Gimpel Fils, 1987
John Jones Gallery, 1992
Barbican Art Gallery, 1993
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, 1995
West of England Academy, Bristol, 1996
Tate Britain, 2004
Redfern Gallery & JHW Fine Art, London, 2006
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, scheduled for February 2009 will now become a memorial tribute.
Price £4800
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