Gwyther Irwin (1931-2008) was a British artist who had his first solo exhibition at Gallery One, London, in 1957, followed by a solo exhibition at the ICA in 1958. He was included in significant international group exhibitions, including Situation, London, and the Paris Biennale in 1960; The Art of Assemblage, MoMA, New York, 1961; the Venice Biennale 1964, and Recent British Painting at the Tate Gallery in 1967. Irwin is best known for his collages and geometic abstract paintings.
In 1979, he described his working process in the book Contemporary British Artists : 'I write the pictures. Starting at the top left-hand corner I work along, adding individual ribbon-like unit to individual unit until I reach the right-hand edge. I then return to the left-hand edge and repeat the process until the bottom right-hand corner is reached, some 400 hours after beginning ... I watch with wonder and excitement as the colours and marks, falling from my hand as if propelled by a source of guidance other than myself, slowly spread across the surface.'
Oil on canvas
42 x 58 inches