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/2089
  • First Name: Paul
  • Last Name: Seawright
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1965
  • Place of Birth: Belfast
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.pseawright.com also at www.kerlin.ie
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Photography
    • Intermedia
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Installation
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape
  • Interests:
    • Violence
    • Politics
  • Represented By: Kerlin Gallery, 
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Other


1997 Glen Dimplex Artists Award.


Ireland: a troubled mirror, New York: Aperture, 1994


1985 University of Ulster, Belfast, Foundation Certificate in Art & Design.
1988 West Surrey College of Art & Design, BA (Hons.) Photography.
1996 University of Ulster, Belfast, part-time Mphil.

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Seawright draws inspiration from politically contested landscapes. His images are filled with pictoral innocence, yet they also portray a sense of an invisible threat. Whilst living in Belfast he worked on a number of projects including 'Police Force,' 'Sectarian Murder' and 'Orange Order,' He then moved to Wales to become a lecturer in documentary photography at the Newport School of Art. Other projects he has been involved in are concerned with urban empty spaces and the concept of alienation. In 2002 he was commissioned to travel to Afghanistan by the Imperial War Museum, where he recorded the landscapes that have been contaminated with explosions and mines. He created twelve works as a response to that experience. File contains catalogues and newspaper clippings with images of artists work.

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