Tuesday 25 July 2017

Norton mum's blunt verdict on portrait

Graham Norton with his portrait, by Gareth Reid
Graham Norton with his portrait, by Gareth Reid
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Graham Norton's mother was less than complimentary about the unveiling of her son's portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland.

The grand unveiling featured in RTÉ documentary 'Portrait of a Gallery' - which detailed the six-year refurbishment of the gallery.

Norton's mum Rhonda told artist Gareth Reid: "Well, you didn't flatter him, mind you."

Norton, trying to recover the situation said "there's no need for flattery", before thanking Reid. It later turned out that Reid, who won the commission after being crowned Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, was a relation of Norton's.

Graham Norton with his mother Rhonda
Graham Norton with his mother Rhonda

'Portrait of A Gallery' was shot over the course of three years as the Milltown and Dargan wings were repaired at a cost of €25m.

Irish Independent

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