Actor O'Conor makes Portrait Prize shortlist
Actor Hugh O'Conor, who starred as Amy Huberman's other half in light-hearted comedy 'The Stag', has made the shortlist for the inaugural Hennessey Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland.
'Chocolat' actor O'Conor took his sepia-tinged portrait, entitled 'Beckah', while waiting at the departure gates of Dublin airport.
"She was on her break and sitting one row over," he explained. "We took about five shots."
O'Conor wrote to Beckah weeks later asking if he could submit her portrait for the competition.
"She wrote back and said it was not her favourite [shot] but I could use it," he said.
O'Conor's portrait was among 400 entries for the 2014 Hennessey Portrait Prize.
"We were blown away by the level of interest," curator Anne Hodge said. "There were such a variety of images and different mediums used."
Erin Quinn's portrait 'Adam' is one of the most striking images and comes from her 'Breaking Point' series.
As part of the series, Quinn photographed people taking their first breath having been submerged in water for extended periods of time.
Una Sealy painted a portrait of her son sitting in a window playing a ukulele while Geraldine O'Neill sketched her daughter holding a goldfish in a plastic bag.
The 12 finalists were selected from over 400 entries by a panel of art experts including director of the National Gallery Sean Rainbird.
The exhibition will open on November 8, running until February 8. The overall winner will be announced at the gallery on November 11.