Victoria Gallery & Museum: Something Borrowed, Something New – Ian Irvine vs the VG&M

Victoria Gallery & Museum: Something Borrowed, Something New - Ian Irvine vs the VG&M Victoria Gallery & Museum: Something Borrowed, Something New – Ian Irvine vs the VG&M


Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Dates: 25/05/2019 - 19/10/2019
Times: 10:00 - 17:00


SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW
Ian Irvine vs the VG&M

Victoria Gallery & Museum
University of Liverpool
25 May to 19 October 2019
Open Tues – Sat 10am to 5pm

Artist Ian Irvine applies a subversive, contemporary twist to the VG&M’s collection of historic paintings. When invited to respond to the collection, his immediate reaction is to appropriate a number of images and transform them using collage, screen print and some irreverence.

He zones in on formal portraits, such as the elegant Anna Ashton painted by Georgian artist Joseph Wright of Derby, and makes interventions that entirely changes the narrative of the original, turning them into something surreal, dark and disturbing but frequently humorous.

His silkscreen prints invoke the spirit of artists Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Hamilton, adding layers of colour and painterly gestures, which allow the original images to remain visible through a prism of overlaid colours.

Using the VG&M’s paintings in this way allows the formal qualities of the original works to be appreciated, while turning them into something entirely different. Something related to Pop Art prints of the 1960s and 70s.

 More about the artist:

Ian Irvine was born in Toxteth, and now lives in Salford with a studio in Bolton.  He has a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Fine Art from University College Chester. Ian has been exhibiting his work since the mid-1990s and has participated in over 30 group and solo shows.

Ian is a tutor in art history for the WEA, and has worked as a lecturer in colleges and universities around the northwest, including the University of Bolton.

Selected exhibitions:

  • I Had Too Much to Dream last Night, The Williamson, Birkenhead, 2016 (solo show)
  • Android, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, 2013 (co-curator of group show)
  • On the Surface, Gallery Oldham, 2010 (solo show)
  • Poison Bingo & Other Tales, View Two Gallery, Liverpool, 2010 (solo show)
  • Notion Pictures, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, 2009 (group show)

Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, Liverpool L69 3DR