IRVING, Valerie

1942 - ?

Valerie Irving

Valerie D. Irving, was born at Ipswich in 1942, daughter of Ronald Valentine Irving (15 August 1914-2006) and his wife Doris Edna née Rudd (1919-2004), who married at Ipswich in 1939 when Ronald lived at 133 Norwich Road, Ipswich. Valerie studied at Northgate School in Ipswich and took a Degree in Fine Art at the University of Reading, being taught 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 and an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute and University College while teaching part-time at various art colleges. In 1979 she moved back to Suffolk with her partner and a young family 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 and has exhibited at Subterranean Boulevard Gallery, St Peter's Street, Ipswich. A Friend at the Ipswich Art Society from Brook House, Kiln Lane, Great Bealings, Woodbridge, Suffolk

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