July 12 – August 6, 2021

Wiliam Irvine: Sea Change

 

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to celebrate the 90th year of iconic Maine painter William Irvine (b.1931) with a one-man show titled “Sea Change,” and a sneak preview screening of “A Life in Art,” an upcoming film on Irvine’s life and career. The upcoming exhibition and film pay tribute to Irvine’s remarkable accomplishments, whose impressive oeuvre spans seventy plus years and establishes him as a Maine and American master, and a notable and influential twentieth-century Scottish-American painter. A catalogue with an essay by Suzette McAvoy, the former director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is available on request.

“The power of Irvine’s work is his ability to pare a scene down to its essentials—the arrangement and scale of forms, the selection and intensity of colors—while retaining a sensation of physical presence and feelings. His abstracted seascapes are testament to this. Employing the horizon line as the constant, clouds and their corresponding reflections are offered in a great array of shapes, sizes, and colors, conveying the sea’s infinite variety. While seemingly abstract, to those that have experienced life at sea, the effects are accurate, and palpable.

—Suzette McAvoy, except from exhibition catalog

William Irvine was born and raised in Troon, a small town on the Atlantic coast of Scotland, a few miles from Alloway where the poet Robert Burns was born. Irvine became interested in art as a young boy. He majored in art at Marr College, a progressive secondary school in Troon. When the family of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker heard about two budding artists at Marr, they invited the boys (Irvine and his best friend William Crozier) for a private viewing of Walker’s art collection. This was Irvine’s first opportunity to see original artworks by the masters.

After graduating from with a degree in drawing and painting from the Glasgow School of Art in 1953, and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine moved to the bohemian neighborhood of 1950s Soho London where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Francis Bacon and Paul Potts, and where he came of age as an abstract painter. During his ten years in London, Irvine exhibited in many galleries, including one-man shows at the Drian Gallery and the Parton Gallery. 

In 1968, Irvine moved to downeast Maine, and was immediately drawn to the fishing villages of Corea and Jonesport, whose tidy houses reminded him of the white farms dotting the green hills of Scotland. Here, harbor, boats, islands and the sea and sky, inspired bold new work fueled by two driving forces: abstraction and representation. Irvine’s reductionist sensibilities, and the richness of his textural compositions bring these two antithetical elements into balance.

Two books have been published on Irvine’s work and career: William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey by Carl Little (Marshall Wilkes 2014); and William Irvine: At Home (Marshall Wilkes 2018), a collection of Irvine’s small white house paintings with contributions by several Maine poets.

A Life in Art chronicles the seventy-year career of artist William Irvine (b.1931), an expressionist painter whose abstract overtones and underlying geometric forms make his iconic work both assessable and modern. The film follows Irvine’s life and artistic growth as it spans both shores of the Atlantic—from the village of Troon in Scotland where he was born and raised—to his eventual migration to America and the coast of Maine where he spent the past sixty years living and painting.

Utilizing never-before-seen archival footage interwoven with present-day footage, the film provides an intimate portrait of Irvine’s artistic endeavors as he recounts historical moments during the twentieth century, including World War II Scotland, the gritty, industrialized streets of Glasgow, and the bohemian neighborhood of 1950s Soho London where Irvine rubbed shoulders with the likes of Francis Bacon and Paul Potts, and where he came of age as an abstract painter.

Whisky Wolf Media (WMF) is a media group focused on connecting the stories of everyday people to history through artful films. WMF seeks people who are invisible or overlooked, giving them a voice and animating their stories for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Their motto is: “To seek knowledge from the past is to better understand the future.” Principal David Jester is a filmmaker and a non-fiction published author. He earned his masters in American and New England studies with a concentration in cultural analysis, and a certificate in documentary filmmaking from Maine Media Workshop + College. Jester won an award from the State of Maine for his twelve-part public access television series on public safety, and his film Champ 5 has been shown at multiple film festivals and recognized with several awards. Leigh Doran is an award-winning photographer with ten years of experience in documentary films.

 

Exhibition Catalog 2021
William Irvine: Sea Change
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WILLIAM IRVINE
A Break in the Clouds
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Cloud Settling
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Mermaid in the Fog
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Table with Mussels
oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Under the Cloud
oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Day Sail
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Evening Cloud
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Evening Walk
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Table with Lobsters
oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
The Lobsterman’s Table
oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Lighthouse
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Blue Cloud
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Day's End
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Storm Over Tinkers
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Night Fishing
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Evening Gulls
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Lobster Coast
oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
The Broken Cloud
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Table with Sea Urchins
oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches
$7400 WILLIAM IRVINE
Lobster and Bait Bags
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
The Return
oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches
SOLD
WILLIAM IRVINE
Heading Out
oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Two Sail Boats
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Approaching Storm
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Green Sea
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Sailing the Bay
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
$4800 WILLIAM IRVINE
A Walk by the Sea
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Evening with Baxter
oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Sleeping Fisherman
oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Passing Tinkers
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
$7800 WILLIAM IRVINE
September Sail
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Evening Sail
oil on canvas, 24 x 30
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Night Fishing
oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Evening Gulls II
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
$9800 WILLIAM IRVINE
The Drifting Cloud
oil on canvas, 24 x 30
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
West Wind
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
SOLD
WILLIAM IRVINE
Bird on the Line
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Spring Morning
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Garden by the Sea
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Bringing in the Sails
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Gathering Lupine
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman with a Watering Can
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman with Forsythia
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman Washing Windows
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
The Old Dog
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Spring Garden
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Sun Shower
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman with Umbrella
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman with a Flower
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Wash Day
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman with a Rose
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Woman with Wounded Gull
oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches
$2800 WILLIAM IRVINE
A Shower of Umbrellas
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10.5h x 8 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
A Shower of Umbrellas
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10.5h x 8 inches
VIEW 2 WILLIAM IRVINE
Out of the Fog (View 2)
porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 11 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Solstice
porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 14 inches
$1800 WILLIAM IRVINE
Dancing Sailors
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Dancing Sailors
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10 inches
VIEW 2 WILLIAM IRVINE
Wash Day
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 9h x 7 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Wash Day
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 9h x 7 inches
VIEW 2 WILLIAM IRVINE
The Resting Mermaid
porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 13 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
The Yellow Lobster Boat
porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 13 inches
$1650 WILLIAM IRVINE
Walking the Dog
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 8h x 6 inches
SOLD WILLIAM IRVINE
Walking the Dog
porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 8h x 6 inches
VIEW 2 WILLIAM IRVINE
A Walk by the Sea
porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 13 inches
$1650
WILLIAM IRVINE A Break in the Clouds oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Cloud Settling oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Mermaid in the Fog oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Table with Mussels oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Under the Cloud oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Day Sail oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Evening Cloud oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Evening Walk oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Table with Lobsters oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Lobsterman’s Table oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Lighthouse oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Blue Cloud oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Day's End oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Storm Over Tinkers oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Night Fishing oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Evening Gulls oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Lobster Coast oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Broken Cloud oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Table with Sea Urchins oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches $7400
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WILLIAM IRVINE Lobster and Bait Bags oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Return oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Heading Out oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Two Sail Boats oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Approaching Storm oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Green Sea oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Sailing the Bay oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches $4800
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WILLIAM IRVINE A Walk by the Sea oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Evening with Baxter oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Sleeping Fisherman oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Passing Tinkers oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches $7800
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WILLIAM IRVINE September Sail oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Evening Sail oil on canvas, 24 x 30 SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Night Fishing oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Evening Gulls II oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches $9800
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Drifting Cloud oil on canvas, 24 x 30 SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE West Wind oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Bird on the Line oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Spring Morning oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Garden by the Sea oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Bringing in the Sails oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Gathering Lupine oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman with a Watering Can oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman with Forsythia oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman Washing Windows oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Old Dog oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Spring Garden oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Sun Shower oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman with Umbrella oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman with a Flower oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Wash Day oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman with a Rose oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Woman with Wounded Gull oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches $2800
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WILLIAM IRVINE A Shower of Umbrellas porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10.5h x 8 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE A Shower of Umbrellas porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10.5h x 8 inches VIEW 2
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WILLIAM IRVINE Out of the Fog (View 2) porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 11 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Solstice porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 14 inches $1800
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WILLIAM IRVINE Dancing Sailors porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Dancing Sailors porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 10 inches VIEW 2
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WILLIAM IRVINE Wash Day porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 9h x 7 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Wash Day porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 9h x 7 inches VIEW 2
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Resting Mermaid porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 13 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE The Yellow Lobster Boat porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 13 inches $1650
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WILLIAM IRVINE Walking the Dog porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 8h x 6 inches SOLD
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WILLIAM IRVINE Walking the Dog porcelain vase with Mark Bell, 8h x 6 inches VIEW 2
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WILLIAM IRVINE A Walk by the Sea porcelain plate with Mark Bell, 13 inches $1650
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