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/2105
  • First Name: Neil
  • Last Name: Shawcross
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1940
  • Place of Birth: Lancashire
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Illustration
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Figure Painting
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Other


1966 Gallagher Portrait Competition
1975 RUA (Royal Ulster Academy) William Conor Award.
1978 RUA (Royal Ulster Academy) Gold Medal.
1982 RUA (Royal Ulster Academy) Gold Medal.
1986 RUA (Royal Ulster Academy.) Gold Medal.


1955 Bolton College of Art.
1958 Lancaster College of Art.

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Shawcross studied Fine Art from a very early age at the Bolton School of Art and later at Lancaster College of Art. Influenced by artists like Bonnard and Klee, his paintings use bright hues and express vitality and movement with a strong sense of composition. In 1962 Shawcross moved to Belfast where he lectured in Fine Art at University of Ulster, Belfast. He is a member of the Annaghmakerrig Advisory Board, Tyrone Guthrie Centre & Newtownabbey Arts Advisory Committee. He is also one of the external examiners for the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

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