David Ireland was born in Bellingham, Washington. He studied Printmaking and Industrial Arts at California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1953 with his BFA. After college he attended US Army service. After leaving the Army, Ireland traveled Europe extensively, working as an illustrator, and eventually traveled to Africa to lead safaris.
It was not until his 40s that Ireland decided to dedicate himself to work as a full-time artist. He returned to the United States and returned to school, this time at the San Francisco Art Institute. Upon graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, Ireland spent a year working in New York, before returning to settle in San Francisco. Ireland is most well known for creating site-specific installation art pieces; most notably, his former residence at 500 Capp Street in San Francisco, where his work is also shown at Gallery Paule Anglim.
You can read more about David Ireland here: http://500cappstreet.org