The Mahler will be exhibiting Robert Irwin’s vibrant artwork and celebrating his 50-year career as a painter, photographer, furniture craftsman and sculptor.
Irwin is an alumnus of NCSU’s School of Design where he was taught by North Carolina’s pre-eminent artists George Bireline and Joe Cox. Irwin’s artwork is in many private and corporate collections including a recent acquisition by the NC State Bar’s Art Foundation for their new building.
For the last fifteen years, Irwin has suffered with Parkinson’s disease forcing him to retire from painting. As his ability to paint became more difficult, Irwin turned his passion into cycling. His cycling pursuit evolved into volunteering for the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior rehabilitation project on Camp Lejeune. Irwin was eventually hired to coach cycling for Wounded Warriors all over the country.
Recently, Irwin was granted experimental Parkinson’s disease treatment through Duke University. The results of treatment have been incredible. Irwin has regained some of his sight and his tremors have eased. Irwin is continuing treatment and hopes to paint again.
Exhibition July 23rd – August 20th.