William Irvine is best known for his modern compositions with their angular shapes and a rich palette that ranges from brilliant blues and greens to soft mauves and smoky grays. Irvine believes that “Every artist is born with a small set of poems, and it is the exploration of that personal mythology that defines him as an artist.”
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 downeast 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. In the ensuing forty–plus years Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes, as well as enchanting figurative and still life paintings.