Daniel Paul Irwin was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England in 1982. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007, and an MFA in Fine Art in 2009.
Irwin works across multiple disciplines, his stylistically fluid practice places a strong emphasis on conceptual vigour and formal dexterity. By addressing themes including societal structure, politics and history from multiple perspectives he draws attention to the ways through which languages of culture can inform our nature and style our cultural conditioning.
Irwin has exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo shows include 'Fight Like A Brave' at Superclub, Edinburgh, and 'We Care A Lot', at the Balaclava Gallery For On-line Art. Group shows include 'Patti Lee' at Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, 'Little Sister' at Komachi Gallery, Edinburgh, and 'Post-Graduate Contemporary Art Exhibition' at Atkinson Gallery, Somerset. He has been awarded The George Jackson Hutchinson Memorial Prize For Outstanding Painting, The Aiden Threlfall Trust Award, the Andrew Grant Bequest 2007/8 Major Award, The Andrew Grant Bequest 2008/9 Major Award, has been short-listed for the Boundary Gallery Prize For Figurative Art, and was awarded a 2 month Residency at the John David Mooney Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. In 2017 he was short-listed for the B.P Portrait Award and in 2018 was short-listed for Bloomberg New Contemporaries. His work is held in a number of private collections both at home and abroad.
Daniel Paul Irwin lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.