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Saturday 16 February 2019

Actor O'Conor makes Portrait Prize shortlist

Anne Hodge, Curator of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 14, pictured with Hugh O Conor 's
Anne Hodge, Curator of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 14, pictured with Hugh O Conor 's " Beckah, Dublin Airport, 2013 " which is one of the 12 finalists in the Hennessy Portrait Prize 14.
Dr Declan Long {NCAD} and Donald Teskey {RHA} , both judges in the Hennessy Portrait Prize pictured with Eirn Quinn's "Adam", which is one of the 12 finalists in the Hennessy Portrait Prize 14.
Janet McLean from the National Gallery of Ireland and Cristin Leach Hughes, both judges in the Hennessy Portrait Prize pictured with Geraldine O Neill's " Is Feidir le cat schrodinger an da thra a fhreastal, 2014" which is one of the 12 finalists in the Hennessy Portrait Prize 14.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

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.

Irish Independent

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