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/6500
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: Not specified
  • Website: www.tadhgocuirrin.com
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Painting
  • Genre:
    • Landscape
  • Public Art: No
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


According to the Artist's website "Ó Cuirrín's work questions ideas of success and failure, both at a macro and micro level, by interrogating decision making processes, the effect of power and powerlessness that run through society and resonate in the slightest physical sensation of every individual. He explores the optimism and anxiety inherent to this decision making proccess as filtered through through the prism of a disorientating array of new digital sign activity and web based cultural detritus. The work seeks to remystify this whirl of technological change through ritual, transfiguration, détournement, and by interrupting the smooth transmission of information to interrogate the structures and systems of power."