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/2126
  • First Name: Camille
  • Last Name: Souter
  • Variant Names: Holmes, Betty Pamela
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1929
  • Place of Birth: England
  • Nationality: Not Specified
  • Website: www.solomongallery.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape / Still Life.
  • Represented By: Dawson Gallery, 
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
    • Limerick City Gallery of Art (includes National Collection of Contemporary Drawing).
    • AIB (Allied Irish Banks).
    • Arts Council of Ireland.


1964 Landscape Prize, Oireachtas (also 1965)
1973 Oireachtas Gold Medal
1978 Claremorris National Art Competition Award
1998 O'Malley Award

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Souter's paintings draw inspiration from her surroundings. Her subject matter includes landscapes, still lives, abattoir paintings, fish, aeroplanes and war. Stylistically, her work has ranged from abstract to realism over the past five decades of her career. Souter's present work is concerned with man's exploitation of landscape for oil, power and industry. Souter works predominantly in oil paints but also with a variety of other materials such as paper and aluminium. Souter has been living in Ireland since 1930. During World War II she worked as a nurse at Guy's Hospital, London. She later married the actor Gordon Souter and lived in Italy in the 1950's. Souter then married sculptor Frank Morris until his death in 1991. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including; The Gainey Award in 1976, The Grand Prix International D'Art Contemporain, Monaco Award in 1977, the Landscape Prize, EVA, Limerick in 1984 and was elected Saoithe by Aosdána in 2008. File contains an extensive collection of newspaper clippings, press releases, images of the artist's work, catalogues and hand written notes by Bruce Arnold.