William Irvine has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. An established Maine and American master, he is known for his seascapes, as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes.
In his book William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey, author and art critic Carl Little says: “Born and raised in Troon, a small coastal village in Scotland, Irvine was captivated by art as a boy, and by the time he was fourteen, Irvine knew painting would be his life’s pursuit. He was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine came of artistic age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde scene. Moving to down east Maine in 1968 proved a turning point: Harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with new pictorial concepts based on the landscape.”
Art historian and critic Daniel Kany notes in William Irvine: Ebb and Flo: “…Irvine can create dense surfaces featuring a slow and luxurious materiality that fuels the elemental intensity of the underlying geometric forms and overall composition.”