San Francisco, CA
Son of painter Hallie Hyde and journalist Will Irwin (who authored Genthe's Chinatown book, also in the Achenbach collection). Raised in an artistic milieu, Irwin was first taught to paint by his talented mother. Following his education at Stanford University, he pursued art studies at the CCAC, Académies Moderne and Colarossi in Paris, and at UC Berkeley under Hans Hofmann. A resident of Brookdale, CA from the 1930s, he taught art at Santa Cruz High School and at SF State College in 1950-51. Member California Watercolor Society.