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/294
  • First Name: Ruth
  • Last Name: Brandt
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1936
  • Date of Death: 1989
  • Place of Birth: Ireland
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Printmaking
    • Graphic Design
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Prints
    • Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Illustration
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Still Life / Landscape
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 17
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Other

other Info Source:

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


1986 RHA. Graphic prize.
1989 RHA. Watercolour Prize.


No Date National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
No Date Florence School of Art, Italy.

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photocopy newspaper cuttings


Brandt was inspired by plants and animals in nature that existed in the familiar spaces of her daily life. Daughter of artist Murial Brandt and wife of Michael Kane, she worked for a while as an illustrator on Sheelah Kirby's The Yeats Country, (1962) and John Irvine's A Treasury of Irish Saints (1964). In 1976 she became a member of the Independent Artists Group and a member of the Graphic Studio, Dublin. She was fascinated by Zen Buddhisim near the end of her life. A lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, she received many commercial commissions for her etchings. Brandt's illustration of Pegasus for the title page of 'Forget me not' by Austin Clarke featured on the cover of The Dubliner' January / February 1963, available to study in NIVAL.