Wednesday 21 February 2018

Search is now on for best portrait artist in the country

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

Kirsty Blake Knox

Palettes and paint brushes at the ready; the search for the nation's most accomplished portrait artist kicked off at Ireland's National Gallery yesterday.

Now in it’s second year, the Hennessy Portrait Prize competition is open to artists of all mediums and aims to encourage interest in contemporary portraiture and evolve the National Portrait Collection.

Renowned Northern Irish artist Colin Davidson and curator Anne Hodge and scholar Catherine Marshall are on this year’s judging panel.

“We are in a dynamic and exciting period of Irish portraiture,” Colin Davidson said. “It’s no longer about just about paint and canvas. It is about photography, video, sculpture. This competition is a great way to unearth the talent we have in this country.”

Sligo based artist Nick Miller took the 2014 title for his emotive painting of the late Barrie Cooke.

A judging panel will whittle down the 2015 entries to twelve finalists whose work will go on display in the National Gallery as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize exhibition later this year.

The winning artist will be announced at the opening of the exhibition and will win a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection.

The deadline for submissions is July 31.

Irish Independent

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