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/9248
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1977
  • Place of Birth: Galway
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Theatre Design
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Acrylic Painting
    • Mixed Media
    • Photographs
  • Abstract/Figurative: Figurative
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 1
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


2000 BA, NUI Galway
1997 NAtional Diploma Art & Design, GMIT


"Dean Kelly makes paintings and photographs. His representational and layered symbolic works chronicle changes in Irish society through recent years. Sometimes about the sentimental, rather than being saccharine in themselves, his works often deal with the constant ebb of ephemeral culture."
Kelly has curated many exhibitions in the Kenny Gallery, where he works as an exhibition co-ordinator. From 1995 - 2001 he was a member of Macnas. File contains artists CV featuring artwork images, selected exhibitions, selected curatorships and a bibliography.