Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism - Book Now Sunday Telegraph

8 Dec – 3 Mar 19



A major retrospective of Albert Irvin, and a 60th anniversary celebration of the seminal exhibition, The New American Painting at the RWA, Bristol.

Albert Irvin RA OBE RWA (Hon) (1922-2015) was one of Britain’s most important post-war painters and printmakers. He is best known for his large-scale abstract colourist paintings - some of the most distinctive to have ever been produced in this country.

In 1959, Irvin visited an exhibition called The New American Painting at Tate. It brought the boldest and best new artistic talent from across the Atlantic to London. The exhibition redefined what was possible for a generation of British artists. 

For Irvin, it was an epiphany.

Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism will bring together works by Irvin and the major abstract expressionist artists that inspired him, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Grace HartiganBarnett Newman, Sam Francis and Adolph Gottlieb.

These will be shown alongside other UK abstract artists, such as Peter Lanyon, Basil Beattie, Gillian Ayres, John Hoyland and Sandra Blow.

The show will also chart Irvin’s earlier practice in a room featuring the British ‘Kitchen Sink’ artists including Edward Middleditch, John Bratby and Peter Coker.

Please bring your email receipt as proof of purchase when attending the exhibition.

The RWA is Bristol's first art gallery, located in a grade II* listed building in Clifton - find out more about visiting the RWA here

Image: RWA Collection. Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estates of Albert and Betty Irvin and allocated to the Royal West of England Academy, 2018. © The Estate of Albert Irvin. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018

Sponsored by Bishop Fleming     In association with University of Gloucestershire


Times & Prices

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

CLOSED Mondays

Last admission 30 minutes before closing. The RWA occasionally closes early for special events. Please call ahead or check the website for details.

Adults: £7.95 (includes a 80p donation)

Concessions: £6.75 (includes a 70p donation)

Under 18s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism - Book Now Sunday Telegraph Gallery