About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/234
  • First Name: Moyra
  • Last Name: Barry
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1886
  • Date of Death: 1960
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Painting
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Flower Painting and Landscape.
  • Represented By: Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin.
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
    • Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.

other Info Source:

Snoddy's Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996)


1909 RHA, Best Drawing and Best Composition Prize.
1914 Slade School of Fine Art, London, First Prize for Painting from the cast.


No Date Royal Hibernian Academy. Painting.
No Date Slade School of Fine Art, London. Painting.


Barry trained in the RHA and continued her studies in the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She settled in Quito, Equador for a period in the 1920's where she taught drawing and painting. A member of the Dublin Sketching Club, she exhibited regularly at the RHA and the Oireachtas. Barry was best known for her flower paintings. She was adept in oils and watercolour, drawing particular inspiration from the waterlillies in the Dublin Botanic Gardens. File contains a collection of newspaper clippings, press releases and iamges of the artists work.