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Monday 25 September 2017

Artist Davidson very 'Taken' with his latest picture-perfect sitter

Pictured are Anne Hodge (Curator of Prints and Drawings, NGI), Catherine Marshall (scholar and curator)and Colin Davidson PRUA (artist) - the judging panel for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015.
Pictured are Anne Hodge (Curator of Prints and Drawings, NGI), Catherine Marshall (scholar and curator)and Colin Davidson PRUA (artist) - the judging panel for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015.

Portrait artist Colin Davidson is certainly taken with his next sitter.

The Northern Irish painter will immortalise the nation's favourite Hollywood hero, Liam Neeson, on canvas in the coming months.

Davidson has painted the great and the good of the arts and music world from Brian Friel and Ciaran Hinds, to Simon Callow, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Glen Hansard and Mark Knopfler.

"It's very exciting," Davidson said. "He is a great actor."

Plus, those deep-set eyes and furrowed brow means Neeson gives exceptionally good face.

But before he gets his pots of paints ready, Davidson is jet setting over to L.A. for the legendary Oscar Wilde party.

The bash will be held at Star Wars director JJ Abraham's production company Bad Robot.

Davidson will receive an honorary award alongside political satirist Stephen Colbert and Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher.

"I am a big Star Wars fan so I will be revisiting the box set and debating whether or not to go in fancy dress," Davidson said.

As if that wasn't enough excitement, TV host Conan O'Brien and Community star Joe McHale will be on hand. Davidson told me about the party at the launch of the Hennessey Portrait Prize 2015 in the National Gallery of Ireland. He is judging the competition along with curator Anne Hodge and Catherine Marshall (all pictured). "It's an exciting and dynamic time for Irish portraiture," he said.

Last year's contest was a rip-roaring success with Nick Miller taking the top prize. The stakes are high for 2015 entries with the winner pocketing a cool €15,000. Not too shabby eh?

- KBK

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