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/1016
  • First Name: Michael
  • Last Name: Healy
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1873
  • Date of Death: 1941
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Glass
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Stained Glass
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 1
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
    • Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
    • Drogheda Municipal Art Collection.
    • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin.
    • Limerick City Gallery of Art (includes National Collection of Contemporary Drawing).

other Info Source:

Snoddy's Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996)


1898 1st prize for drawing from life, RHA


First Apprentice of the Irish Arts and Crafts Studio.


Healy was a member of An Túr Gloine. He executed many windows for churches all over Ireland, his first work in stained glass was an angel, painted for the annunciation window in Loughrea Cathedral in 1903. He carried out many commissions for churches throughout the world and also exhibited his oil paintings regularly at the RHA from (1912-1914). File contains newspaper clippings and images of the artists work.