Ian Irvine


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PRACTICE
Much of my output has involved either COLLAGE or PRINTMAKING, and I am experienced in both disciplines. Found and appropriated images have always formed part of my practice, and in the last few years I have made a series of collages from reproductions of 18th and 19th century paintings taken from books and auction catalogues, frequently Victorian portraits and interiors.
I then make a series of interventions to entirely change the narrative in the picture, often becoming darker in tone, perhaps sinister, frequently humorous, always surreal. There are many cultural references in them, from science fiction to pop music, using other genres to make something entirely new from familiar imagery.
The other main medium I use is SCREEN PRINT– the recent work incorporates a plethora of imagery taken from a range of sources, using pictures from films, pulp novels, old illustrated dictionaries, and art from past centuries. Mostly made in series rather than editions, they are built up with layers of colour, the images combined like collages along with hand-painted ‘gestures’ and geometric blocks of colour.
I feel that through my increased knowledge of the history of art and the research involved in teaching, my work has developed a dialogue between my own cultural experience and the art that has affected me over the years. Artists like Max Ernst and Rene Magritte are an obvious influence on the collages, whereas the recent screenprints invoke the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Hamilton, amongst others.






 
Matinee Idle
Matinee Idle



Stars Go Dutch
Stars Go Dutch



Panic
Panic



Clown & Snake
Clown & Snake



coloured people
coloured people



Duchamp's Cock
Duchamp's Cock