Albert Irvin studied at Northampton School of Art from 1940 to 1941, before serving as a navigator in the RAF during World War II. He went on to study at Goldsmiths College where he later returned to teach between 1962 and 1983. He has also taught at art colleges throughout Britain.


Irvin's first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at 57 Gallery, London. A major retrospective of his work from 1960 to 1989 was held at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1990. He continues to exhibit regularly at Gimpel Fils, London. Irvin was awarded a Travel Award to America by the Arts Council in 1968 and later received an Arts Council Major Award. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1998 and lives and works in London.

Irvin's work has developed from a time when he considered that in order to give the necessary gravitas to a painting it had to be dark and sombre, through to a growing realisation that high key colour can be crucial in the achievement of full expressive and communicative force. His work has a restless energy and freshness and communicates the sense of an artist in love with his chosen activity.

Selected Exhibitions

2006 Peppercanister Gallery, London

2003 The Storey Gallery, Lancaster

Peter Scott Gallery, University of Lancaster

2005 Advanced Graphics, London

2001 West Cork Art Centre, Ireland

2000 Advanced Graphics, London

1999 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Orion Gallery, Brussels

1998 Gimpel Fils Gallery, London

Centre d'Art Contemporain, Meymac, France

1997 Gallerie Stühler, Berlin

1996 Gimpel Fils Gallery, London

1995 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

1994 Gimpel Fils Gallery, London

Galerie Wassermann, Munich

1993 Campo Vlaamse Kaai, Antwerp

1992 Gimpel Fils Gallery, London

Galerie Klaus Lüpke, Frankfurt

1990 Serpentine Gallery, London and tour

Public collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Arts Council of Great Britain

Birmingham City Art Gallery

Blackburn Art Gallery

British Council

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Manchester City Art Gallery

Mappin Gallery, Sheffield

Neue Gallerie der Stadt Linz, Austria

New England Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia

Pensecola Museum, Florida

Schindler Collection, Zurich

Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Ludwigshafen, Germany