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/515
  • First Name: Willie
  • Last Name: Doherty
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1959
  • Place of Birth: Derry
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.kerlin.ie
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Photography
    • Intermedia
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Photographs
    • Installation
    • Video
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape
  • Interests:
    • Politics
    • Violence
  • Represented By: Kerlin Gallery,  Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Matt's Gallery, London.
  • Public Art: Yes
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Other

other Info Source:

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


1995 Glen Dimplex Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).


'They're All the Same,' Frieze issue 2 (1991).


1981 Ulster Polytechnic, Belfast, BA Fine Art Sculpture.

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Doherty uses photography, video and sound installation to explore the fallibility of human memory and our collective need to engage with the stories and images that represent our experiences. Doherty's imagery addresses the gaps between places and events. It deals with contested spaces where the documentary status of photography is hotly debated. Much of Doherty's work provides the viewer with a narrative. It also examines social, political, psychological and economic dimensions. Doherty has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad. From 1988 to 1992 he posted billboards in public areas in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Derry, London, Glasgow and Dublin. In 1994 he was nominated for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery, London. On Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Lecture Room, IMMA. Willie Doherty will discuss ongoing themes of memory and place in his acclaimed lens based practice and in particular his 2013 work REMAINS, currently on view as part of the exhibition IMMA Collection: A Decade. Doherty will explore how his film based on the real events and locations of punishment shootings in 2012 in Derry, portrays the generational nature of conflict and its vicious circle.
File contains an extensive collection of newspaper clippings, catalogues and photographs of the artists work.

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