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Art has changed significantly since the advent of photography in the 1840s. Cameras, rather than artists, are used today to document the people and places that occupy our everyday lives. The role of the artist therefore has shifted to embrace questions and analyse our feelings and sensations. As an abstract painter Albert Irvin tries to express the ideas and emotions in his life. He does this by exploring the qualities of paint through the different marks that he makes and the colours he chooses. "My paintings are not in any sense depictions of anything: I like to think that rather than being pictures of the world, they are pictures about it." 'Albion' was the first in a whole series of paintings. Each picture is named after a street and all the paintings are large rectangular formats.
acrylic on canvas
H 244 x W 427 cm
gift from Nyda and Oliver Prenn, 2001