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/2359
  • First Name: Charlie
  • Last Name: Whisker
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1949
  • Place of Birth: Bangor, Co. Down
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.charliewhisker.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Graphic Design
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Mixed Media
    • Video
    • Digital Art
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Interests:
    • Religion
  • Represented By: Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1990 International Monitor Award


1971 Belfast College of Art, Painting.

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Whisker's paintings explore personal experience and broader themes of loss, death, and violence. From 1982-1983 he worked as the head of the Pre-Diploma course at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. He also lectured on the pre-diploma course from 1983-1986 at the National College of Art and Design. In 1990 Whisker won the International Monitor Award for work on singer Terence Trent D'Arby's video 'To Know Someone.' The director of Video Graphics at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Whisker has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Ireland. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and images of the artist's work.

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