Albert Irvin

Having studied at the Northampton School of Art during World War Two, and Goldsmiths College afterwards (serving as an RAF navigator in the war itself) Albert Irvin set about on his career as an abstract expressionist painter which gained him wide-ranging acknowledgements. He was admitted to the Royal Academy in 1998 and his works have been displayed there regularly.


Biographical Information 

1922 Born London

1940 Student at Northampton School of Art

1941 Joined Royal Air Force to become Navigator

1946-1950 Student at Goldsmiths' College, London

1962-1983 Teaching at Goldsmiths' College, London

1968 Arts Council Award to visit USA 

1975 Arts Council Major Award

1982 Gulbenkian Award for Printmaking

1986 Giles Bequest Prize at Bradford Print Biennale

1987 Painting commissioned by Homerton Hospital, Hackney, London

1995 Painting commissioned by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

1998 'Albert Irvin- Life to Painting', monograph written by Paul Moorhouse, published by Lund Humphries

Elected Senior Royal Academician

Albert Irvin died earlier this year, 2015.


Selected Public And Corporate Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery; Anglo American plc, London; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Arthur Andersen, London; Arts Council of Great Britain; British Council; Chase Manhatten Bank; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital; Clipstream, London; Contemporary Art Society; Deutsche Bank, London and Frankfurt; Goverment Art Collection; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Mobil Oil; National Westminster Bank; Pensecola Museum, Florida; Schindler Collection, Zurich; Stuyvesant Collection,  Holland; Tate Gallery, London; Unilever; Victoria and Albert Museum; City Art Galleries in Birmingham, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Manchester, Stoke and Wolverhampton; University Art Galleries/Collections in Cambridge (Jesus College, Churchill College), Dublin (Trinity College), Lancaster, Liverpool, Northumbria, Oxford (St Johns College), Southampton, Warwick and Woolongong, Australia