Pamela Irving has worked as a full time artist for over 35 years. Her sense of humour, love of irony and respect for storytelling are apparent in her varied body of work – from drawings and paintings to intimate sculptures and large-scale mosaic installations.
Pamela is best known for Larry La Trobe, her bronze dog sculpture, situated in front of the Melbourne Town Hall, Australia. Larry – her dog-formed alter-ego – has been Irving’s faithful companion throughout her long successful career. Pamela’s art has infiltrated many other public spaces around Melbourne and beyond. They include her enormous mosaic reverie at Luna Park, titled ‘Dreaming with Open Eyes’, a large scale mural at the Shanghai American School, Shanghai and large bronze sculpture at Epping Plaza Shopping Centre.
From antipodean Australia, Irving has developed an international reputation as a mosaic artist. For the last few years Pamela has taught at the prestigious Chicago Mosaic School and also held several exhibitions at the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics in Chicago, GOCM. Irving has presented her work at numerous International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists (AIMC) conferences and exhibited her work in Japan, USA, Lativia, France, Italy and Canada.
Pamela’s works are represented in public and private collections nationally and internationally, including that of the City of Melbourne, Museum Victoria, Art Bank, Museum of Art Ravenna, Australian Regional Galleries, Municipal Collections, University Collections as well as many notable private collections.
Pamela has travelled the world extensively, both for work and pleasure. These experiences are reflected in her evolving body of quirky, playful and thought-provoking works.
Pamela Irving has a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
In 2006 Pamela relocated her studio to 68 Patterson Rd, Bentleigh. Her shop front Studio and Gallery is open to the general public. Please call to make sure she is not off travelling or exhibiting. It’s a constantly changing array of works and a rare opportunity to see an established artist at work.Back