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/948
  • First Name: Ronan
  • Last Name: Halpin
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Louth
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Mixed Media
    • Bronze
    • Metalwork
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Interests:
    • Religion
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: Yes
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1978 Galway Institute of Technology.
1982 National College of Art andDesign, BA (Hons.) Fine Art Sculpture.
1984 Yale School of Art, Connecticut, US, MA Fine Art Sculpture.

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photocopy newspaper cuttings


Halpin draws inspiration from mythological subjects. Using bronze, wood and stone as his mediums he has received several public sculpture commissions including: Meath County Council, bronze and steel piece sited on the Trim by-pass (1992) and 'The Wounded King', sited at the Peoples Park, Limerick (1991). File contains newspaper clippings and images of artist's work.