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/1819
  • First Name: Helen
  • Last Name: O'Malley Roelofs
  • Variant Names: Hooker O'Malley Roelofs, Helen
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1905
  • Date of Death: 1993
  • Place of Birth: United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Bronze
    • Watercolour
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Portraiture
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 3
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other

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founding member of Players Theatre specialised in bronze portrait sculptures of Irish celebrities, including Eamon de Valera, Maud Gonne, Sean O'Casey, etc. The Irish American Cultural Institute's Helen O'Malley Collection is on permanent loan and dislay at the Univesity of Limerick's Plassey House.