An expressionist painter and a London-based designer brought together by a love of graphic patterns and eye-popping colour.
It was a chance encounter that brought Albert Irvin and Henry Holland together – a photograph of Henry at the 2015 Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, in front of one of Irvin’s paintings, that made the artist first pick up a pen and write a letter.
He said, ‘I see you’ve bought one of my pieces!’ And I had to write him a letter back saying, ‘Um... it’s a little too expensive. But I love your work! And if you ever want to work on a collaboration ...’”
And so the House of Holland Resort 18 collection was born.
Titled 'Bert' after the artist's nickname, the collection channels the freedom of expression and bold celebration of life for which Irvin's artwork is known. Three of his paintings: Crosstown (2013), Minerva (2014) and Nova (2014) were directly translated to prints, splashed across a variety of silhouettes from maxi dresses to t-shirts.
Albert Irvin sadly passed a way in 2015 before seeing the collaboration come to life. House of Holland worked with guardians of Irvin's estate, his two daughters Priscilla and Cecila, to develop the collection.
The lookbook was shot inside the studio Irvin used from the 1970s until 2014.