Irene Wellm completed a Master of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. She has held more than 15 solo and 30 group exhibitions across Australia and internationally since 1987. In 2012 she was awarded the New Works Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts for research and a nine-month residency in Leipzig, Germany. She has been a consistent finalist in a number of art prizes, including the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize in 2014.
Her work was curated into Towards Colour by Robert Lindsay at McClelland Gallery, 2002; and into Glacier by Suzanne Davies at RMIT Gallery in 2001. Internationally she represented Australia in the UBS Art Award at Whitechapel Gallery in London, 2000.
Her works are represented in the collections of ArtBank; Ballarat Regional Gallery; City of Darebin Art Collection; La Trobe University; and Stockwell
Downs; and in private collections in Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.