Albert Irvin was born in London in 1922, he 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 where he went on to teach between 1962 and 1983.
Irvin's first solo show was held in Edinburgh at the 57 Gallery and subsequently went on to have numerous one-man shows throughout the world.
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.