IRVIN, Albert


Albert Irvin (RA) was born in London in 1922, and began his study of Art at Northampton School of art between 1940 and 1941. This was interrupted by Irvin joining the RAF during the Second World War as a navigator, when the war was finished he eventually continued his studies at Goldsmiths College. Irvin's first solo show was held in Edinburgh at the 57 Gallery and he went on to have one man shows throughout the world. He lives and works in London.

A major retrospective of Albert Irvin's work from 1960 to 1989 was held at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 1990. Amongst his many achievements, he was awarded a travel award to America by the Arts Council in 1968 and later received an Arts Council Major Award. Albert Irvin’s work has been exhibited all over the world and is held in many public collections including Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Manchester City Art Gallery; Pensecola Museum, Florida; Schindler Collection, Zurich and New England Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.

Paul Moorhouse, Tate curator and author of Albert Irvin: Life to Painting, describes Albert's work like this: 'Even to those familiar with his work, seeing a new painting by Irvin can be an extraordinary experience akin to discovering a young, energetic artist in the first flush of ambition. Given the force of its restless energy, its freshness and the sense it communicates of an artist in love with his chosen activity, it is even more surprising to realise that this is the work of an artist in his late seventies.'