IRVING, Valerie

1942 - ?

Valerie Irving

Valerie D Irving was born at Ipswich in 1942, daughter of Ronald Valentine Irving (15 August 1914-3 January 2006) and his wife Doris Edna née Rudd (16 January 1919-8 August 2004), who married at Ipswich in 1939 when Ronald lived at 133 Norwich Road, Ipswich. Valerie studied at Northgate School in Ipswich and took an honours degree in Fine Art at the Reading University 1962-1964, being tutored by Claude Maurice Rogers (1907-1979) and Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003). Valerie lived and worked in London, mostly in graphics and textiles, designing fabrics for Bill Gibb and Kaffe Fassett and took a further degree in Philosophy and History of Art at Birkbeck College, London 1972-1975 and an M.A. in Art History at the Courtauld Institute and University College 1976-1978 whilst teaching part-time at various art colleges. In 1979 Valerie, with her partner and a young family moved back to Suffolk, teaching History and Theory of Art on the Degree course at Suffolk College 1995-2007. During this time, she did less practise but had the opportunity to evaluate her painting and began working as professional artist, continuing to exhibit her work in galleries in the provinces and in London. Her first solo exhibition was soon after graduating, at the Haste Gallery in Ipswich also having solo exhibitions at Young Vic Theatre Gallery, The Cut, London; Aldwych Gallery, Kenilworth; Taplin Gallery, Woodbridge and has exhibited at Subterranean Boulevard Gallery, St Peter's Street, Ipswich; Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Ipswich; Re-New Gallery, Woodbridge in Suffolk and elsewhere in the provinces and in London. A Friend at the Ipswich Art Society from Brook House, Kiln Lane, Great Bealings, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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