Omnibus is pleased to present a new exhibition by local artist and fine art printmaker Alice Irwin, running from 30 June – 27 July.
Alice has recently graduated from City and Guild London Art School, where she studied Fine Art and found a love for printmaking. She was recently awarded the Norman Ackroyd Etching Award. In September, Alice will be going on to study Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. She has had a recent work displayed in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and has exhibited at the Bankside Gallery and The Mall Gallery. She was runner up in The Anthony Dawson Young Printmakers Award in 2015, and received the Charitable Art Trust Award in 2014.
In her work, Alice Irwin aims to portray what makes us human, and what makes us individual. Her art has a focus on the face, as she believes they document our personalities and record our complex journey through life. She is also interested in the eyes – instinct makes us fixate on the eyes, which draws us deeper into our personalities and our souls.
Eye contact is powerful: eyes reveal emotions and identity. Irwin creates hybrid multi-layered etchings and drawings as our beings are built in layers. By layering one face upon another she creates a complex web of line and form and combines separate images to create a mass of faces. Etching is key to this process. The physical building up of layers to the plate corresponds with the way we build up our lives, layer by layer.
Alice Irwin’s images are two-dimensional; incorporating the understanding of the images adds another dimension. She encourages you to empathise with the faces, and take time to interact and image. Irwin wants to encourage this brief moment by surrounding you with these faces.
This exhibition contains two separate projects; artworks on canvases are from the Crowd of Identities series, and framed prints are from Faces of War.