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/870
  • First Name: Graham
  • Last Name: Gingles
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1943
  • Place of Birth: Antrim
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Mixed Media
    • Watercolour
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Interests:
    • Politics
  • Represented By: Fenderesky Gallery, 
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Arts Council of Ireland.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Other


Catto, Mike, Art in Ulster, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1978


1966 Belfast College of Art.
1967 Hornsey College of Art.
1971 British School at Rome.

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photocopy newspaper cuttings


Gingles works in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture and drawing. He is best known for his mixed media 'boxes.' These extremely detailed and sophisticated constructions are made from wood or plaster and are filled with found objects, glass and mirrors. Influenced by the political situation in Northern Ireland, these boxes act as cabinets for memory. Each compartment is a homage to things remembered. Gingles has exhibited in several major group shows in Ireland and abroad. His work is included in the collection of the Bar of Northern Ireland. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases, an illustrated copy of 'All These Are Memories Of My Voyage' by David Brett and images of artist's work. Photographic documentation of exhibitions involving this artist at The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast are available in NIVAL. Search online special collections under "Fenderesky Gallery Image Collection" for more information.