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/1084
  • First Name: David
  • Last Name: Holohan
  • Variant Names: O hUallacháin, Daithí
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1956
  • Place of Birth: Kilkenny
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Watercolour
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Portraiture
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 8
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


No Date National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Fine Art Painting.
1978 University of Minnesota.


Holohan paints landscape and still life but is predominantly concerned with portrait painting. These are dense highly developed works that explore the inner thought and reflections of the sitter. He has had several successful solo shows and has also collaborated with artist Gulf Gaffney, producing work that reflects their experiences of prison and mental hospital inmates. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of artist's work.

There is a file in the digital ephemera related to this artist. If you have a login then click here to access it.