I was born in Scotland and started painting when I was nine years old, and by the time I was a teen-ager, I realized this would be my life’s pursuit. I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1958.
After living and exhibiting in London for ten years, I moved to the United States, settling in a small town in Washington County, Maine, reminiscent of the small Scottish town I lived in as a child. I now live in Brooklin, Maine, where my studio faces the sea and where I work every day trying, sometimes successfully, to render visible the world within.
From my studio window I can see the light change, often to climax in a glorious sunset; and sometimes, a lone boat heading home will complete this sense of day’s end.
William Irvine came to Maine from a small Scottish town on the Atlantic, where he began painting at age 12. His intimacy with the sea runs deep. With bold forms colors he creates potent portraits of coastal life. In this work, angular houses and the stone quay seem as solid as the sea and sky, the men and boats light as clouds. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, he has shown his work throughout the northeast as well as in London and Scotland. He is represented by Leighton Gallery, Greenhut Gallery, Gleason Fine Art, and Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey, by Carl Little was recently published.