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.

Selected solo exhibitions

2010THE Courtyard Centre for the arts, Hereford. 
2005New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2004 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2002Dundee Contemporary Art
2001City of Aberdeen Art Gallery
2001Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1996Contemporary Ceramics, London
1994Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1991Moving Pictures, a South West Art Association touring exhibition
1983Bath University
1982LYC Gallery, Cumbria


Selected group exhibitions

2017Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Cornwall. 'Borders' 
2016Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Press Gang'
2015The Penrith Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 'NSA 293' 
 Salt House Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall
2014Heseltine Gallery, Truro, Cornwall. 'A Moment of Flux'
2013Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall. 'Drawing & Works on Paper.' 
 Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall. 'Palladium'
 Millennium Gallery, Cornwall. 'Drawing the Line'
2012The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. 'Five by Five' 
2011The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. 'PRINT!'
 Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 'Summer Waves' 
 Mariners Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 'Uncharted Landscapes'
2009Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. 'Double Vision - 9 collaborative projects' - Armoured Piñata a collaboration with Howard Silverman
2008Hilton Young Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall. 'Drawing the Line'
2007Newly Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Lineage'
2005Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 
 The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds.
 Thompsons - The City Gallery, London.
 Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Bernard Irwin, Rachel Kantaris and Louise McClary'
 Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Critics Choice' - selected by John Russel Taylor, art critic for The Times
2003Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Critics Choice' - selected by Joan Bakewell, broadcaster and writer


2011'PRINT!' - with Jesse Leroy Smith for the Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. A survey of printmaking in Cornwall from 1900 to the present
2007'Lineage' - with Marion Taylor for the Newlyn art Gallery. Cornwall

Projects, commissions & residencies

2017Picturing the Mines - works from the studio' Paintings from the studios of Bernard Irwin and Jesse Leroy Smith inspired and influenced by a year looking and moving through the mining landscapes of Devon and Cornwall.
2016 'Picturing the Mines' - a suite of ten copper plate etchings. Commissioned by the Cornish & West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. With Jesse Leroy Smith.
2014'Travelogue Kernow' Printmaking & events in five towns across Cornwall. With Jesse Leroy Smith.
2004Thomas town Pottery Skills Seminar, Kilkenny, Ireland. Demonstrator and exhibitor.
1997Weston College Mosaic. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. An 80sq.m ceramic installation. 


2017Arts Council England           FEAST
1995South West Arts Training Bursary
1992Crafts Council Award
1989South West Arts Award


University of Warwick
City of Aberdeen
Falmouth Art Gallery
Private collections