Marcus Irwin - Artist & Printmaker

Marcus Irwin's graphic collages, serigraphs and digital prints juxtapose popular imagery with chance phrases, combining to expose the incongruousness of context.

'In my work I attempt to link the nuances of graffiti, the illustrated image, commercial visual language and the traditions of art, since all of these fields feed creatively into my present-day interests. At this time the interplay between image and text takes shape, along with a desire to explore the rift between so-called high and low culture. Frequently motifs from movies, television, advertising and the internet feed into my work.

It is my aim to use the images that are ubiquitous in our everyday lives to confirm and question a personal visual language, as well as the visual language that surrounds us daily.'

 

Born: London (UK)  Lives/Works: Copenhagen (Denmark)

 

Education

MA Printmaking and Professional Practice, University of Brighton (UK)

BA Illustration, Kingston University (UK)


Selected Exhibitions 2008 - 2013

'Photo & Print Open Salon 2013', Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, May - June 2013 (Group)

'The Original Print Fair', Royal Academy of Art, London, UK, April 2013 (Exhibiting with Scream Editions)

'Anonyme Zeichner', Galerie Nord / Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, March - April 2013 (Group)

'Compendium', Karmarama, London, September 2012 (Group)

'Lost for Words', The Street Gallery, University College Hospital, London, March-May 2012 (Group)

'Pick Me Up', Somerset House, London, March-April 2012 (Exhibiting with People of Print)

'Postcards From the Edge', Chiem & Read, New York, USA, Jan 2012 (Group)

'3rd Sheffield Artist's Book Prize', Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, Oct-Nov 2011 (Group)

'mailto:', Drift Station, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, June 2011 (Group)

'Multiplied: Contemporary Editions Fair', Christies, London, Oct. 2010 (Exhibiting with BEARSPACE)

'Print Now 2', BEARSPACE, London, Feb - March 2010 (Group)

'2nd Sheffield Artist's Book Prize', Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, Oct. 2009 (Group)

'Origin of the Species 2009', University of Brighton, July 2009 (Group)

'Every Minute Should Be Enjoyed', London Print Studios, June 2009 (Group)

'Wish You Were Here', Riverside Studios, London, March 2009 (Group)



'7th British Mini Print Exhibition', London Print Studios, March 2009 (Group)


'Art Fair', Fishmarket Galleries, Northampton, Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009 (Group)



'ING Discerning Eye', Mall Galleries, London, Nov. 2008 (Group)



'Works on Paper', Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Oct. 2008 (Group)


'Life & Liberty', Westbourne Grove Art Space, London, Sep-Oct 2008 (Group)



'Gross Clinic' - Space, University of Portsmouth, Sep. 2008 (Group)


'Images 32', London College of Communication, August 2008 (Group)


'Halfway There', University of Brighton, June 2008 (Group)


'Liveline', Riverside Gallery, Richmond, March-April 2008 (Group)

 

Publications

People of Print - Innovative Design and Illustration, Thames & Hudson, 2015 (Buy)

'One Day of Art: Copenhagen', (t)here magazine, 2011 (Buy)

'mailto:', Drift Station, 2011 (View)

Every Minute Should Be Enjoyed, Proof Gallery, 2009

Today Is Sold, Self-published, 2009 (Buy)

7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, Printmakers Council, 2009
ISBN 978-0-906067-02-4

 

Collections

Work in private collections in Denmark, England, France, Republic of Ireland, Spain and the USA