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/2302
  • First Name: Dairine
  • Last Name: Vanston
  • Variant Names: Vanston, Doreen
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1908
  • Date of Death: 1988
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Painting
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Portrait
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 7
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick.
    • Other

other Info Source:

Snoddy's Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996)


No Date Nightingale Hall, Dublin.
No Date Clare Marsh's Studio.
No Date Academie Ranson, Paris, studied under Andre Lhote.

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photocopy newspaper cuttings


Vanston studied with painter Andre Lhote in Paris before moving to live with her husband in Central America for several years. She returned to Paris before leaving to move to Ireland in 1940 where she became one of the first painters to be chosen for Aosdána. She is associated with the White Stag group and exhibited with them in 1941. More information on this artist can be viewed in the 'Living Art' File.