Gregory Irvine: The Poppies
Greg Irvine was born in Melbourne in 1946 and is best known as a painter and ceramicist. He studied at the National Gallery of Victoria School between 1963 and 1966. He first exhibited his work at the South Yarra Gallery in 1965 including ceramics in the style of John Perceval's ceramic angels. His later exhibitions included paintings that were decorative and exotic. His flair for decoration earned him a commission to design the sets for an Australian Ballet Company production of Firebird and invitation to participate in two Angliss Prize Exhibitions. From the 1975, Irvine travelled widely and was based in France from the mid 1980s onwards.
The Work of Art
Poppies is a screenprint produced and published in 1992. It is a very colourful work that depicts a vase of poppies in the foreground with a Japanese Geisha standing behind .The print is one of a series of similar images which depict vases of flowers with a figure standing behind. Although this is the only representation of Greg Irvine's work in the collection, there are other works of a similar nature and taste. You may like to consider the works of Salvatore Zofrea.
Alan & Susan McCulloch, The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1994.