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Item Name: Print
Title: Untitled
Maker: Jed Irwin
Year: 1970
Country: Canadian
Materials: enamel
Measurements: in frame: 51 cm x 76.2 cm; work: 47.6 cm x 72.4 cm
ID Number: ART 101
Legal Status: ART RENTAL


Extended Label Info: Painted by Jed Irwin during the time he served as curator at Dunlop Art Gallery, this painting is a good example of hard-edged geometric abstraction. This approach to abstract painting is characterized by monochromatic fields of bright colour, flat shapes with sharp edges, and a lack of brushstroke or evidence of the artist’s hand. It is consciously impersonal and unemotional. Hard-Edge painting was part of the “Post-Painterly Abstraction” movement that shifted the purpose of painting away from the expression of emotion to focus on the formal elements that make up a painting: the picture plane, colour, and shape. In Irwin’s later works, he continued to explore the relationship of colour and shape in complex patterns and layers but moved away from hard-edged geometric forms to develop a more organic visual vocabulary. Jed Anthony Irwin (1941—) was born in New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and his Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland California (1966). Irwin was Artist in Residence at Fes, Morocco (1968), the Leighton Artist’s Studios, Banff (1987), and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, Turkey (1991). Irwin served as curator at the Cheney Cowles Museum (now the Museum of Northwest Art and Culture), in Spokane WA (1966-67), and at Dunlop Art Gallery (1969-70). In addition to his work in Fine Art, Irwin is a collector and curator of tribal rugs from the Middle East, and co-founder of the Calgary Rug Club. After a long career of teaching at the University of Calgary, Irwin is now Associate Professor Emeritus, and has retired to live in Gabriola, British Columbia, where he works at Studio Rex. He has exhibited in Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Philadelphia, Istanbul, Prague.