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/2094
  • First Name: Susan
  • Last Name: Sex
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Place of Birth: Not Specified
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Botanical Drawings
    • Drawings
    • Watercolour
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Botanical Illustration
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 7
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1994 Kew Gardens, London, tuition in Botanical Water-Colour Painting.


Sex is a botanical artist. She draws inspiration from wild flower illustration and created a body of work based on the orchids at the Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin in 1997. Sex worked in display and special effect design for thirty years before taking up painting full time. File includes newspaper clippings, correspondence and images of the artists work.