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/436
  • First Name: Diana
  • Last Name: Copperwhite
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1969
  • Place of Birth: Limerick
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,  Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 14
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Bank of Ireland.


2007 AIB Art Prize


1992 Limerick School of art and Design, Dip. Painting.
1994 National College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art.


Copperwhite draws inspiration from the urban landscape. She transforms her subject matter into abstract paintings. Rather than focusing on the drab grey aspect of the cityscape, she brings colour and life into her paintings, capturing an element of excitement and bustle. Copperwhite sources many of her images from everyday media and juxtaposes them with images that are deeply personal. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and Scandinavia. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artists work.