Ian Irvine


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'For me, collage is not just about the successful application of an idea or strategy but, rather, is a way of living with available images by a process of making them one's own.'

JOHN STEZAKER

I studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University as a mature student, graduating in 1995, and completed an M.A. in Fine Art at University College Chester in 1997. I began exhibiting in 1994, and have been involved in more than 30 exhibitions, including four solo shows.

Much of my output involves printmaking, which I specialised in at university - screenprint is the medium I have made most use of, but more recently solar-plate etching has interested me also. I use found images from an archive of my own and often use collage as a starting point. I delve into various aspects of popular culture and extract certain elements whch I find useful in some way - making new images from old ones and giving them new narratives.

I am currently making a long series of collages, which I began in 2013, using images of Victorian paintings from auction catalogues as the source for a set of interventions, changing the nature of the 'scene'.

Outside of my own practice, I have worked as a tutor in Fine Art and Contextual Studies at several colleges and universities in the north-west, including the University of Bolton. I also regularly deliver workshops for Tate Liverpool, including the 2011 and 2013 Summer School workshops for adults, alongside the Rene Magritte and Marc Chagall shows respectively.






 
KoonsGoya 1
KoonsGoya 1



Awakening Conscience 2
Awakening Conscience 2



Hollywood Android #3
Hollywood Android #3



Hirsute
Hirsute



coloured people
coloured people



Duchamp's Cock
Duchamp's Cock