Friday, October 8, 2010 - 6:00am - 6:50am
Recital Hall at 12:00 noon Oct 8, 2010
“Irving’s paintings and drawings are the product of a working method that stumbles through both lived and mediated experience. Comprehending the political, metaphysical, and the mundane, each is expressed through a miscellany of cultural bits and pieces. Evoked in his work are the likes of Shakespeare and the Marx Brothers, Picasso and Tex Avery, Slim Pickins and Donald Rumsfeld. The paintings and drawings develop through observation, quotation and paraphrase and all are pervaded by a sense of playfulness and humour. His work is engaged in the recording of caprices, both social and political, a graphic response to the days events filtered through the lens of art, popular culture, and the idiosyncrasy of the author.”
Irving received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987 and his Master of Fine Art from York University in 2000. He has been exhibiting his work since 1986 and currently lives Toronto. Irving has taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design and, at present, holds the post of Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. His work is being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in an exhibition to launch Carte Blanche 2: Painting, a publication on Canadian contemporary painting, in which his work is included. Irving was nominated for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2004.