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.

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  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/305
  • First Name: Declan
  • Last Name: Breen
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Sculpture
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Installation
    • Mixed Media
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Sculpture
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: Yes
  • Size: 11
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other


1991 Cental Bank of Ireland Award. Sculpture Competition
1993 Garter Lane Open Exhibition Award


1973 University College Dublin, Law Society of Ireland.
1975 National College of Art and Design, AnCo.
1979 National College of Art and Design, Fine Art / Sculpture.


Breen has been commissioned to create several public sculptures. Inspired by the human figure, he mainly works in bronze and concrete. He was a member of the visual arts committee in Wexford Arts Centre from 1987-1995. He was also the co-founder and director of the Wexford Sculpture Workshops Ltd from 1987-1995. From 1987-1992 Breen was on the board of directors at the Wexford Arts Centre and the national executive of Artists in Ireland.