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/592
  • First Name: Brendan
  • Last Name: Ellis
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Belfast
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Painting
    • Drawings
    • Prints
    • Murals
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Interests:
    • Violence
    • Politics
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 12
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.

other Info Source:

Buckman's Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945 (1998)


1973 Ulster Arts Club Award.
1977 John Minton Prize for Drawing, Royal College of Art, London.


1973 Belfast College of Art, Diploma Fine Art.
1974 Belfast College of Art, Postgraduate Diploma in Painting.
1977 Royal College of Art, London, MA Painting.

Conservation Required

photocopy newspaper cuttings


Ellis has worked as a medical artist at the Royal Hospitals in Belfast since 1979. He has painted aspects of the troubles in Northern Ireland. File contains newspaper articles and images of artists' work.