Portraiture | THE HENNESSY PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014

P•ortraiture: the art of making portraits.


When I visited the National Gallery of Ireland last weekend I received a pleasant and unexpected surprise! I found the works of twelve artists, who either live in Ireland or are abroad as Irish citizens, showcased in the Millennium wing as finalists of The Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014.

Portrait has been a main theme in art of centuries, and therefore it could probably be considered as one of the most evolved forms of art. This prize celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary portraiture by having no restrictions on media or dimensions.

Nick Miller was the winner last year but I must say I was also delighted to see works by others artist such as Geraldine O’Neill or Saiorse Wall. I strongly recommend a visit to those who live in Dublin or are planning to travel to the city soon.


Visitando la National Gallery of Ireland el fin de semana pasado me encontré con una inesperada y agradable sorpresa; el trabajo de doce artistas (que bien viven en Irlanda o son ciudadanos irlandeses emigrados) esta siendo exhibido en el Ala Millennium como finalistas del Premio The Hennessy Portrait 2014.

El retrato ha sido siempre un tema principal en el arte durante siglos, y por lo tanto puede que sea uno de los más evolucionados. Este premio quiere celebrar la riqueza y diversidad del arte del retrato en la escena contemporánea no dando ninguna limitación de medio o dimensiones a sus participantes.

Nick Miller fué el ganador del año pasado aunque ha habido varios trabajos que me han encantado como los de Geraldine O’Neill o Saoirse Wall. Es sin duda un plan que recomendaría a aquellos que viven en Dublin o planean visitar la capital pronto.


Geraldine O’Neill “Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastal” (2014)                       Oil on canvas | 200 x 210cm |

Saoirse Wall . Gesture 2 (2014)  HD video (Above: video still)

Nick Miller. “Last Sitting: Portrait of Barrie Cooke” (2013)  Oil on linen | 61 x 56cm |


The shortlisted artist: http://www.nationalgallery.ie/Exhibitions/Hennessy_Portrait_Prize_2014/Hennessy_Shortlisted_Artists.aspx

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