Albert Henry Thomas Irvin OBE, RA, born in London, 21 August 1922, he was an English abstract expressionist painter.
Born in London he was evacuated from there during World War II, and upon returning, went to study at the Northampton School of Art between 1940 and 1941, before being conscripted into the Royal Air Force as a navigator. When the war was over, he resumed hi...s course at Goldsmiths College from 1946 to 1950, where he would later go on to teach between 1962 and 1983. He was elected to The London Group in 1955. He worked in studios in the East End of London from 1970 onwards. He made colour sweep and spray over pictorial areas that gave the illusion of depth, created by complex and dynamic marks and gestures of the handheld brush. He often took on a grand scale, but also created brilliant and beautifully crafted works on paper. His paintings and drawings were initially abstract, in the terminology of the day. They took still life or landscape motifs and turned these abstract, giving emphasis to colour and structure.
His work was widely exhibited both in the UK and abroad, in such places as Arts Council of Great Britain, Birmingham City Art Gallery, the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Contemporary Art Society, Manchester City Art Gallery, Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Warwick University Arts Centre. Irvin also won a major Arts Council Award in 1975 and a Gulbenkian Award for printmaking in 1983.
Irvin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the visual arts. He died 26 March 2015.