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/1570
  • First Name: John
  • Last Name: McHugh
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Place of Birth: Not Specified
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Wood
    • Painting
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 14
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection

other Info Source:

Artifact CD-ROM (1997) [database of contemporary Irish artists]


1989 Travel Grant Arts Council of Ireland.
1995 Arts Flight.
1995 Department of Foreign Affairs.
1999 Art Flight.
1999 Travel Grant Arts Council of Ireland.
2003 Travel Award Ars Council of Ireland.


Frank McDonald, the Irish Times, 1996

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photocopy newspaper cuttings


McHugh is a sculptor living in Achill island. His work relates directly to the surrounding landscape and he has worked closely with the local community. McHugh has exhibited throughout Ireland. He has also been involved in shows in the United States. He is one of the main organisers of sculpture projects at Achill. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artists work.