National Gallery of Ireland unveils list of Zurich Prize finalists – The Irish Times


The candidates for this year’s Zurich Portrait Awards have been announced by the National Gallery of Ireland.

Twenty-six artists have been shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize; 20 artists, aged 4 to 18, have been shortlisted for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize. All made it to the final round from hundreds of entries, in a variety of media, from across the country.

The winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize will receive a cash prize of €15,000 plus a commission of €5,000 to create a work for the national portrait collection. Two additional prizes of €1,500 will be awarded to the most popular works among the pre-selected. The judges are artist Diana Copperwhite, Anna O’Sullivan from the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny and artist Nick Miller.

As part of the Zurich Young Portrait Prize, five winners – one from each age category plus an overall winner – will receive art supplies as well as a cash prize; all shortlisted artists will have their work professionally framed/prepared. The judges are Janet McLean from the National Gallery of Ireland, comic book illustrator Nick Roche and artist Una Sealy.

Gallery Director Sean Rainbird says he is “delighted that this exhibition gives many new and old artists the opportunity to show their work at the National Gallery of Ireland.” According to Neil Freshwater, managing director of Zurich Insurance, the awards “bring together the remarkable range of talents of Irish portrait painters of all ages”. “We are delighted to once again see such a selection of works in this year’s shortlists.”

Shortlisted works for both competitions will be on display at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square in Dublin, from Saturday 26 November to 2 April next year. The exhibition will then be on display at the Regional Cultural Center in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, between 3 June and 2 September 2023.

Zurich Portrait Prize 2022: the 26 shortlisted artists

Rachel Ballagh (Liège), Back Garden, 2021, photography

Zsolt Basti (Dublin), Megan and Ophelia, 2021, oil on canvas

Shane Blount (Wicklow), Lately I’ve Seen Rainbows, 2022, oil on canvas

Patrick Boler (Dublin/Wicklow), Louise Kennedy, 2022, photography

David Booth (Dublin), Salvatore, 2021, oil on panel

Enda Burke (Galway), Deirdre by the Window, 2021, photography

Aisling Coughlan (Dublin), Dead Dad, 2021, oil on wood panel

Catherine Creney (Tyrone), Care, oil on linen

David Credon (Liège), Rustam Saidaliev — Sanctuary in a New Land, 2022, photography

Ian Cumberland (Bottom), 14314 days, 2022, oil on linen

Barry Delaney (Dublin), Forty Footer, 2021, photography

Aodan Feeney (Galway), Dead Weight, 2022, oil on canvas

Alexis Pearse Flynn (London), Self-portrait five days after vaccination, 2021, oil on gesso board

vanessa jones (Dublin), HoMi Hand Plow (self-portrait), 2020, Oil on canvas

Bernadette Kiely (Kilkenny), An artist becomes his work [portrait of Paul Mosse in his studio]2021, oil on canvas

Vera Klute (Kilkenny), Self-portrait, 2020, oil on plywood

Gavin Leane (Dublin), Several days from now, 2022, photograph

Emily McGardle (Monaghan), Rictus, 2022, pencil and pen on paper

Fiach McGuinne (Dublin), MacDara, 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas

Tom McLean (Galway), Cocoon, 2022, oil on linen

Mick O’Dea (Dublin), Chez Dysert O’Dea, 2020, oil on canvas

Liz Purtil (Kerry), Dermot, 2022, egg tempera on aluminum panel

Cara Rose (Dublin), Double Self Portrait, 2021, colored pencil on paper

Sorcha Frances Ryder (Dublin), My Bedroom As A Depressed College Graduate (Self-portrait), 2022, photography

Mary Smith(Cavan) Stéphanie, 2022, fired clay on wooden base

Marc O’Sullivan Vallig (Liège), Alex, 2021, oil on canvas

Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2022: the 20 shortlisted artists

Katie Cashin (Clare), My friend Olivia, clay, bottle, paint, marbles, wool, beads

Zara Craig (Antrim), Study by Candlelight, oil on canvas

Paidi Daly (Meath), Me and My Daddy, Painting on Canvas

Cassandra Dennehy (Dublin), My favorite coat and hat, acrylic painting on paper

PJ Doherty (Donegal), Focus, colored pencils on paper

Sean Fitzpatrick (Wexford), Constructing Ella, pencil and charcoal on paper

Haochen Gao (Dublin), I Like Balls, oil pastels on canvas

Viktoria Kroejeva (Clare), Day Out, oil and acrylic paint on canvas

James Cowley Lane (Meath), Macdara, Macdara, plaster powder, clay

Jiayi Lu (Dublin), Sunny Morning, pencil and acrylic on paper

Ross McHale (Kildar), Portrait of the artist as a young manoil on canvas

Red Red (Kildare), Bailey’s Life Is a Highway, watercolor and pen on paper

Catherine Ryan (Clare), Bullman, acrylic paint on cardboard

Roisin Ryan (Liège), Me in the stars, marker on paper

Song Meilin Ava (Dublin), New Beginning, painting on canvas

Aoife Sweeney (Clare), Pastel Sky, acrylic paint on cardboard

Pierre Gaultier Swords (Cavan), Self-portrait of Pierre, oil pastels and markers on paper

Freya Wilkinson (Meath), Self-Portrait, oil on paper

Grace Yu (Dublin), My mum, pencil on paper

Yujin Zhu (Dublin), Fred, colored pencils on paper


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