bio/cv

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

2010 The Courtyard Centre for the arts, Hereford. 
2005 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2004

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2002 Dundee Contemporary Art
2001 City of Aberdeen Art Gallery
2001 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1996 Contemporary Ceramics, London
1994 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1991 Moving Pictures, a South West Art Association touring exhibition
1983 Bath University
1982

LYC Gallery, Cumbria

 

Selected group exhibitions

2017 Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Cornwall. 'Borders' 
2016 Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Press Gang'
2015

The Penwith Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 'NSA 293' 

  Salt House Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall
2014 Heseltine Gallery, Truro, Cornwall. 'A Moment of Flux'
2013 Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall. 'Drawing & Works on Paper.' 
  Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall. 'Palladium'
  Millennium Gallery, Cornwall. 'Drawing the Line'
2012 The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. 'Five by Five' 
2011 The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. 'PRINT!'
  Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 'Summer Waves' 
  Mariners Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall. 'Uncharted Landscapes'
2009 Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. 'Double Vision - 9 collaborative projects' - Armoured Piñata a collaboration with Howard Silverman
2008 Hilton Young Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall. 'Drawing the Line'
2007 Newly Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Lineage'
2005 Belgrave 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
2003 Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall. 'Critics Choice' - selected by Joan Bakewell, broadcaster and writer

 

 

Curatorial

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

2017 'Picturing 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.
2004 Thomas town Pottery Skills Seminar, Kilkenny, Ireland. Demonstrator and exhibitor.
1997

Weston College Mosaic. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. An 80sq.m ceramic installation. 

 

Awards/grants

2017

Arts Council England           FEAST

2014 FEAST
1995 South West Arts Training Bursary
1992

Crafts Council Award

1989

South West Arts Award

 

Collections

University of Warwick
City of Aberdeen
Falmouth Art Gallery
Private collections