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Albert Irvin, the painter, who has died aged 92, started out in the 1950s as a figurative artist of the kitchen sink school, but after discovering Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko at a famous Tate exhibition in 1956 he reinvented himself as an exponent of a dazzlingly vigorous abstract expressionism, becoming one of Britain’s most respected abstract artists.

Albert Irvin, the painter, who has died aged 92, started out in the 1950s as a figurative artist of the kitchen sink school, but after discovering Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko at a famous Tate exhibition in 1956 he reinvented himself as an exponent of a dazzlingly vigorous abstract expressionism, becoming one of Britain’s most respected abstract artists.

Matisse drawing the Stations of the Cross with a bambu pole in the interior of the Chapelle de Rosaire at Vence. "Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." (Matisse).

Matisse drawing the Stations of the Cross with a bambu pole in the interior of the Chapelle de Rosaire at Vence. "Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." (Matisse).

Antony Micallef working in his studio

Antony Micallef working in his studio

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