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/2438
  • First Name: Ramie
  • Last Name: Leahy
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1950
  • Place of Birth: Kilkenny
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Watercolour
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape / Subject
  • Represented By: Kilkenny People Art Gallery.
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 18
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection

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Leahy creates extremely colourful, expressionistic oil paintings that draw inspiration from landscape and animal forms. He was one of the founding members of Kilkenny Arts Week in 1974 and also worked as the forward planner and Exhibition Officer, Wexford Arts Centre, and Wexford Festival Opera from 1976-1977. Leahy was the co-ordinator of Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Bank of Ireland, Head Office, Dublin; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Irish Arts for Montreal, Canada; Kilkenny Colourists and many other important group shows from 1977-1997. He moved back to Kilkenny and opened a studio at Deerpark House, Granges Road, Kilkenny in 1994. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artists work.

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