“it isn’t supposed to be anything. It just is.”

In March 2015, England lost the shining star of British Expressionism when, at the grand old age of 92 Albert Irvin RA passed away.


Apart from RAF service during the Second World War, Irvin, a quiet, unassuming man, spent the whole of his life in the East End of London working from a studio in the area in which he grew up.


The great majority of his paintings and prints were named after the streets of his childhood.

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He was once asked what one of his works was supposed to be. He replied, “the work isn’t supposed to be anything, it just is!”