Overview

Openly decorative and anxiety free: In these paintings and coloured sculptures we are reminded of the guiltless museum art of 60’s America and the post Matissean paintings of Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland whose shapes were a prop for colour. Nolan said in 1969 “I want to have colour be the origin of painting” - like Noland, Irwins works tease us with gorgeous colour -  formal hedonism. 

Bernard Irwin, British, born in Malaya in 1953, grew up in England and Germany. In 1981 he returned to England following studies in the Netherlands. He worked in Bristol, painting and making sculpture and ceramics until moving to Cornwall in 1996 where he now paints.

Works
  • Bernard Irwin, Ah me, if this be love
    Bernard Irwin
    Ah me, if this be love
    Acrylic on canvas
    168 x 201 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Ah me, if this be love
    £ 10,000.00
  • Bernard Irwin, And then, in the air
    Bernard Irwin
    And then, in the air
    Acrylic on canvas
    36 x 28 cm
    Bernard Irwin, And then, in the air
    £ 850.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Atomic toy
    Bernard Irwin
    Atomic toy
    Acrylic on canvas
    78 x 108.5 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Atomic toy
    £ 950.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Every angel sends a flower
    Bernard Irwin
    Every angel sends a flower
    Acrylic on canvas
    170 x 120 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Every angel sends a flower
    £ 7,500.00
  • Bernard Irwin, High flying
    Bernard Irwin
    High flying
    Acrylic on canvas
    108 x 208 cm
    Bernard Irwin, High flying
    £ 8,000.00
  • Bernard Irwin, I call your name
    Bernard Irwin
    I call your name
    Acrylic on canvas
    150 x 120 cm
    Bernard Irwin, I call your name
    £ 6,400.00
  • Bernard Irwin, If I were a blackbird I’d whistle and sing
    Bernard Irwin
    If I were a blackbird I’d whistle and sing
    Acrylic on canvas
    168 x 201 cm
    Bernard Irwin, If I were a blackbird I’d whistle and sing
    £ 10,000.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Moving slowly between, touching nothing
    Bernard Irwin
    Moving slowly between, touching nothing
    Acrylic on canvas
    36 x 45 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Moving slowly between, touching nothing
    £ 1,200.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Nocturne
    Bernard Irwin
    Nocturne
    Acrylic on canvas
    170 x 120 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Nocturne
    £ 7,500.00
  • Bernard Irwin, She imagined she could hear the stars
    Bernard Irwin
    She imagined she could hear the stars
    Acrylic on canvas
    234 x 168 cm
    Bernard Irwin, She imagined she could hear the stars
    £ 12,000.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Still life
    Bernard Irwin
    Still life
    Acrylic on canvas
    78 x 108.5 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Still life
    £ 3,500.00
  • Bernard Irwin, The nearness of you
    Bernard Irwin
    The nearness of you
    Acrylic on canvas
    36 x 28 cm
    Bernard Irwin, The nearness of you
    £ 850.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Touch
    Bernard Irwin
    Touch
    Acrylic on canvas
    40 x 30 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Touch
    £ 950.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Wind up bird
    Bernard Irwin
    Wind up bird
    Acrylic on canvas
    80 x 64 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Wind up bird
    £ 2,500.00
  • Bernard Irwin, Yellow bird
    Bernard Irwin
    Yellow bird
    Acrylic on canvas
    64 x 80 cm
    Bernard Irwin, Yellow bird
    £ 2,500.00
Installation shots