Albert Irvin was born in 1922 in London, which remained his base. Studied at Northampton School of Art, 1940-1, and after five years in the Royal Air Force he studied at Goldsmiths’ College of Art. Irvin taught for some years from 1960, including Hornsey College of Art, Goldsmiths’ College, 1962-83, and gave lessons in Wandsworth Prison. He had his first one-man show at 57 Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1960, and from 1961 had a series at the New Art Centre. In 1968 he won an Arts Council Travel Award to America, seven years later gaining an Arts Council Major Award.
Irvin also exhibited with LG; he had a number of solo exhibitions in Germany; and with Gimpel Fils. In 1990 a retrospective of his paintings, 1960-89, was shown at the Serpentine Gallery. Arts Council and other important public collections hold his work, which is abstract, brightly coloured and shows a joy in the manipulation of paint.