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Irvin’s career as a painter spans over fifty years. He first studied at Northampton School of Art and, after the war, continued his studies at Goldsmiths College, where he later became a teacher. In 1998 Irvin was elected a Royal Academician. Irvin began to make screenprints in 1980. The unique characteristics of the medium, which proceeds in stages, allow him to create complex relations of shapes and marks, colour and space. Druid I shows his interest in the interplay of abstract form and colour. He sees the results as a metaphor for ‘the experience of being in the world'.