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.
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.