“The Gnarled Branch” first evolved in 2004 when I noticed a wooden table that was discarded in the trash. I repaired it, refinished it and it became a beautiful painted piece of functional art. The positive reaction to it from friends and family paved the way for me to expand from traditional art formats (i.e. canvas, paper, board etc) into making furniture art.

As well as furniture I paint glass ornaments. As a Christmas gift for my wife Noreen, I created an ornament featuring a pixie holding a lantern with moss and small stones glued to add depth to the design. Feeling quite taken by it for it’s detail and uniqueness, along with the furniture that received so much positive feedback, she felt that they should start a business to fully market my abilities as a professional artist.

From there the Gnarled Branch was born.

Being an active home-based business, the Gnarled Branch attends various art festivals which causes most people to stop for a second look to admire the originality, humor and skill that I apply to my work.

David Irvine has been refining and pushing the boundaries of “redirected” art with a unique and original spin almost as long as his good friend, Marcel Duchamp. David’s quirky and very popular style is created by re-purposing unwanted prints or original art from thrift stores or found at yard sales and painted upon using his own style of creativity. Seemingly random subject matter including pop cultural references, political comment, the camp and the absurd, often combining all these elements to create truly original art pieces.

David as well does his own ‘entire’ work, which dips into the pop art and dark surreal themes.

Over the years David’s work has gone viral multiple times thanks to social media websites and personal celebrity endorsements like George Takei,Slash to mention a few . A direct result of this coverage has been a rise of collectors from Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States.

Prints and other merchandise of Irvine’s work is available for purchase on Redbubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/gnarledbranch and originals can be viewed on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/ca/people/TheGnarledBranch as well as his personal website www.gnarledbranch.com

Media / Print References

1. In Touch Magazine – http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/artist-from-...

2. Swallow Daily – http://swallowdaily.com/2014/08/small-town-arti...

3. Bored Panda – http://www.boredpanda.com/re-directed-paintings...

4. Twisted Sifter – http://twistedsifter.com/2014/07/thrift-store-p...

5. HLN TV – http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014/07/30/thrif...

6. George Takei – http://instagram.com/p/rSy-Y-uTRS/

7. Yahoo News- https://screen.yahoo.com/artist-remixes-thrift-...

8. The Observer (UK) – newspaper interview

9. Guardian UK – newspaper review

10. ABCnews

11. CBSnews

Media Appearances

CP24- in studio interview

Innerspace via The Space Channel – program segment

CHCH TV – in studio interview

Reclaiming items destined for landfill and making art .

  • Age: 48
  • Joined: April 2008
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