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/1801
  • First Name: Cormac
  • Last Name: O'Leary
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1969
  • Place of Birth: Cork
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.cormacoleary.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 15
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1991 Sullivan Graphic Award for Overall Best Student, Sligo Institute of Technology.


1991 Sligo Institute of Technology. Certificate in Visual Education and National Diploma in Painting.

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O'Leary's work explores natural and man made marks on urban and rural landscapes. His paintings capture the essence of a place in bright and vibrant colours. O'Leary is a regular contributor to Arts West Magazine and Circa Magazine. He has published work in Force 10 and other prestigious publications. He has also published reviews, articles and interviews for the the Association of Artists in Ireland and the Sculptors' Society of Ireland Newsletters. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artist's work.