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/1909
  • First Name: Alan
  • Last Name: Phelan
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: http://www.alanphelan.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Time Based Art
    • Sculpture
    • Intermedia
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Photographs
    • Installation
    • Digital Art
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Interests:
    • Sexuality
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 14
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1991 John F Kennedy Fund Graduate Scholarship.
1992 The Arts Council, Post Graduate Scholarship.
1995 Fulbright Scholarship.
2001 The Arts Council, Publications Grant.


Blake, Nayland. Stand Fast Nick and Jane. Circa Magazine. 2001.


1989 Dublin City University, BA Communication Studies.
1993 Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, MFA Photography.


Phelan uses photography, video and sculptural installation to explore the relationship between language, science and art. Images and texts are juxtaposed together to create a narrative. Phelan has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and America. He lectures at the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and has worked for the Geoerge Lucas Educational Fund. File contains an extensive collection of newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artist's work.

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