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/279
  • First Name: Alicia
  • Last Name: Boyle
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1908
  • Date of Death: 1997
  • Place of Birth: Bangkok
  • Nationality: Not Specified
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Prints
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape / Portraiture
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Numerous - see file

other Info Source:

Buckman's Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945 (1998)


1962 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Open Painting Competition.


Robertson, Bryan,'The Younger British Artists'The Studio, 1946.


No Date Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting, London.

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Boyle spent the first half of her career as a painter in London before moving back to Ireland and settling in West Cork. During her time in London she exhibited with the forward looking London Group. Boyle drew inspiration from her studies of Irish farmers, mythical dramas and the Irish landscape. She exhibited extensively throughout Britain and Ireland in group and solo shows, including two retrospectives.