History: Pre 1970

 

Pre 1970s

About Bert | Pre 1970s | 1970 - 2000 | Post 2000

 
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1922

Born in South London, England on August 21 to Albert and Nina Irvin.

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1940

Evacuated from Grammar School in North London to Northampton as war broke out, Bert subsequently applied and was accepted at Northampton School of Art, and meets an early inspiration, Revd Walter Hussey.

Meets Betty Nicolson, a student also evacuated from Clapham School of Art.

 

1941

Served in the Royal Air Force as a navigator.

1945

Continues to fly as navigator on civilian aeroplanes after WWII which enables travel around Europe.

1946

Applies and is accepted at Goldsmith's College of Art, London.

1947

Marries Betty

1949

Birth of first child, Priscilla.

 
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1950

Graduates from Goldsmith's with National Diploma in Design.

Takes part in first group exhibition at RBA Galleries, London.

1955

Applies and is accepted at Goldsmith's College of Art, London.

Produces Cellist.

1956

Exhibition at the Tate Gallery, Modern Art in the United States, proves a turning point.

1957

Meets artist Peter Lanyon.

1959

Produces Town.

Birth of second daughter, Celia.

Takes art teacher job at Wandsworth Prison.

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Cellist, 1955

Town, 1959

Town, 1959


1960

First exhibition at 57 Gallery, Edinburgh.

First non-UK exhibition at the Galerie im Griechenbeisl, Vienna, Austria.

Produces Moving Through

1962

Begins teaching at Goldsmith's with Basil Beattie, William Tucker, Kenneth

Martin, Andrew Forge, John Thompson, Michael Craig-Martin, Harry Thubron etc.

Produces Day Full of Time and Open Sky

1963

Starts new phase of oils on paper.

Produces Resting Place and Around The Square.

1965

Elected member of the London Group.

Produces Blue Junction

Produces Rider

1966

Starts to paint works that are predominantly black or oval in shape.

1968

Involved in arts studio letting company SPACE.

Studio at Katherine Dock.

1969

Produces Crusader and Excursion