About Rex Irwin

Rex Irwin
was born in India in 1941 and educated at The Nautical College, Pangbourne, in
England, after which he went into the wine trade.  He arrived in Sydney in 1962 aboard the
Castel Felice.

Rex Irwin worked as a wine merchant for Douglas Lamb before a series of ghastly
jobs, which included selling encyclopedias and cleaning hotel lavatories.  He entered the art world as an assistant in
the Barry Stern Gallery in Paddington and, due to the death of his aunt,
retuned to London where he stayed from 1963-67. 
It was during these years in London in the swinging sixties that Rex's
interest in opera, theater and art really blossomed.

to Australia in 1967 he again worked for Barry Stern and then at the Clune
Galleries in Macquarie Street, where he stayed for the next seven years.  The closure of the Clune Galleries in 1974
brought about the onset of an early menopause, so the next year was spent in
the Greek Islands exploring his options. 
The decision was made to return to Australia and in 1976 he established
Rex Irwin Art Dealer in Queen Street, Woollahra.

1996, still living in the same terraced house he bought in 1969, and still in
business in Queen Street, Rex Irwin became a fully fledged, card carrying,
Australian citizen