Albert Henry Thomas Irvin OBE RA



Albert Henry Thomas Irvin OBE RA  was an English expressionist abstract artist.

Born in London on 21 August 1922 he attended Holloway School, and was evacuated  during World War II, to study at the Northampton School of Art between 1940 and 1941, before being conscripted into the RAF as a navigator. When the war was over, he resumed his course at Goldsmith College from 1946 to 1950, where he would later go on to teach between 1962 and 1983 where he met and became good friends with Basil Beattie, Harry Thubron amongst others. He was elected to The London Group in 1955. He worked in studios in the East End of London from 1970 onwards.

Bert married Beatrice Olive Nicolson in August 1947.  In the early 1950s Bert met and was hugely influenced by many of the "St Ives" artists including Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Terry Frost and Sandra Blow.

He won a major Arts Council Award in 1975 and a Gulbenkian Award for printmaking in 1983.

His work is widely exhibited both in the UK and abroad, in such places as  the Arts Council, Birmingham City Art Gallery, the Chase Manhatten Bank, the Contemporary Art Society, Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Gallery Manchester, Leeds City Gallery, Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Oxford University, Cambridge University and Warwick University Arts Centre.

His influences included Walter Sickert, Henri Matisse, JMW Turner, Jack Smith and and Edward Middleditch.

Bert was appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the visual arts.

Bert died on 26 March 2015.