Born in London in 1922 Albert Irvin studied at Northampton School of Art and then at Goldsmith's College, where he later returned to teach.
Albert Irvin is one of Britain's best known abstract artists and has exhibited worldwide. In 1990 the Serpentine Gallery staged a major retrospective of Irvin's work.
Albert Irvin was elected to the Royal Academy in 1998. He continues to live and work in London.