Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014 - shortlisted artists and winner

I've just discovered that if you are in the UK you can access RTE - and hence you can watch a short preview on RTE of the inaugural Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014.  Here's the link to the programme. It should start at 4 minutes 42 second.

Hennessy Portrait Prize 

This is a new prize open to artists resident on the island of Ireland or an Irish citizen living abroad
The Hennessy Portrait Prize was launched in March 2014. Open to artists in all disciplines, the competition’s aim is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.
These were the Rules of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014. (pdf). Entry was digital. The only condition on media is that

The portrait must be of a size and medium that could reasonably be exhibited. 

Shortlisted artists

Educator Dr Declan Long, artist Donald Teskey RHA, art critic Cristín Leach Hughes and art author Janet McLean selected the shortlist of twelve finalists

Photograph courtesy RTÉ Presspack

The short-listed artworks and artists for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014 - according the official website - are listed below. You can see all shortlisted works in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland until February 8th, 2015

Note that the artworks chosen are a mix of oil paintings, photographs and videos.  I rather like the idea that paintings are supposed to look like paintings and photos look like photos!

What do YOU think of the notion that a portrait competition should include photography and video?

Shortlisted artists - highlighting the winner

  • Links to the artist's website (if discoverable) are in the artist's name. 
  • Links to the artwork are also provided - and you'll find these also provide more details about the artist.

The winner was announced earlier this month. Nick Miller won a prize of €15,000 plus a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. 

Since 2006, John has had a number of art residencies in Dublin at the Fire Station Artists’ Studio, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Temple Bar Gallery & studios and IMMA.
Since graduating in 1998 from Belfast School of Art, Comhghall has been painting full time with numerous solo shows. His work has been shown in the RHA, RUA and RA annual exhibitions. Comhghall was also selected for the BP Portrait Award 2014 ans the RA Summer Show (2011-2013).
Gavan is a self-taught artist and after completing his degree, spent two years in Italy during which he was drawn back to artistic practise through photography and sculpture.
A graduate of architecture, Cian went on to complete a Masters in Film studies in UCD before dedicating himself full-time to painting.
Hugh studied drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and film at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He has also exhibited at the RHA, Dublin and RUA, Belfast.
Geraldine has received a number of awards including the Henry Higgins Travel Scholarship, an Arts Council Bursary and the Gerry Tornsey Prize for Portraiture. Her work is represented in many collections including IMMA, the ECB, OPW and Glucksman UCC collection.
A visual artist, Mandy’s work has been shortlisted for the 2012 Julia Margaret Cameron Award and included in the publication New Irish Works in 2013. Her main practises comprise of investigations into the local and the everyday, with a strong emphasis on portraiture.
Helen studied painting at one of the Flemish art academies, Beeldende Kunst Overijse, and now paints from her studio in Brussels.
  • Erin Quinn originally from Canada (permanent resident in Ireland); Adam (from the series 'Breaking Point'), 2013, photograph, archival pigment on fine art paper, 128 x 90 cm. 
In 2011, Erin was an invited artist at the 181st Royal Hibernian Academy’s Annual Exhibition, where she was awarded the prestigious Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Prize.
  • Una Sealy from Dublin; Hibiscus Blues (Portrait of Douglas), 2014, oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm. 
Una has held eight solo exhibitions and has been selected for curated group shows in San Francisco, New York and Britain, as well as many in Ireland, and in 2011 was awarded the Ireland – U.S Council/Irish Arts Review Awards for outstanding portraiture.
Saoirse recently graduated with a first class honours BA in Fine Art Media at NCAD and has exhibited internationally, including at ‘setup, a devise’, Dublin, The Wrong Digital Art Biennale and the National #Selfie portrait gallery, London.

    1 comment:

    1. I do think that it was a good thing that the Hennessy prize accepted video and lens based work....both of these are now mainstream. There was an interesting article in the Sunday Times Culture magazine of 16th Nov, by one of the judges Christin Leach Hughes, about the judging process and her thoughts on the short listed artists.
      The link to the RTE piece didn`t work for me , but the programme is still there ,(The Works / 14/11 /2014 ) with 9 days left.


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