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/220
  • First Name: Liam
  • Last Name: Belton
  • Variant Names: Belton, William
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1947
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.jorgensenfineart.com and www.oisingallery.com
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Painting
    • Drawings
    • Watercolour
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Still Life
  • Represented By: Peppercanister Gallery.
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection

other Info Source:

RHA Archives


1986 RHA, 1st and 2nd most popular painting.
1990 RHA, Antique Association of Ireland Award.


1972 National College of Art and Design, Dublin. ANCA Diploma.


Belton's still life paintings are inspired by ancient burial grounds and earthworks of Megalithic Ireland. The negative space that surrounds these objects enhance the still life tradition. They call attention to what the objects stand for rather than what they reveal. An elected associate member of the RHA since 1991, the silence and subtle nature of Belton's palette has been likened to the surrealisim of Moriandi and the minimalisim of Charles Brady.