Olivia Irvine

Olivia Irvine


I paint using oil or egg tempera. I am interested in the way an image evolves from a combination of thoughts, ideas, memory, research, flights of fancy and the actual dynamics of the picture- making process. Much of my imagery is figurative and of seemingly ordinary yet surprising aspects of my everyday life. I include objects, my family, my home and places I have been. I become fascinated
by the awkward and poetic moments of life, but also like to take them beyond the ordinary and into something more theatrical or filmic.

Career Path
1993 MA, European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, Spain
1986 Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
1985 BA Honours, In Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
Teaching Experience:
2011/12 Office of Life Long Learning, Edinburgh College of Art
1994/11 Evening Class Tutor and Summer School tutor, Edinburgh College of Art
1994/00 Part-time Lecturer, Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
1995/96 Part-time Lecturer, Fine Art, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
1994 Visiting Lecturer (one day), MA European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art
Areas of work:
Adult education

Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
Lancome, Madrid, Spain
Glasgow Museums, gifted by BBC Scotland
City of Edinburgh Council
University of Stirling, Scottish Arts Council bequest
Paintings in Hospitals, Scotland
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Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Private commissions