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These are the candidates for this year’s Hennessy Portrait Prize

THIS YEAR’S SHORTLIST of entries to the Hennessy Portrait Prize have been announced – and they’re as stunning as ever.

The winner of the prestigious award will be awarded a commission to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection and see their work hung in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Last year’s winner, Gerry Davis, went on to produce this portrait of Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin, which can now be viewed in the newly-refurbished gallery.

Here are this year’s candidates.

Kyle Barnes (Southampton)
Listening, oil on canvas
Source: Kyles Barnes
Shane Berkery (Co. Dublin)
Lady and the Cherry Blossoms, oil on canvas
Source: Shane Berkery
Bob Campbell (Co. Dublin)
Cosmic Kitchen, wax, acrylic and paint on plaster
Source: Bob Campbell
Comhghall Casey (Co. Dublin)
Self-Portrait, oil on canvas
Source: Comhghall Casey
Aileen Conroy (Co. Laois)
Aileen Johanna. Self Portrait (mirror reflection), oil on canvas
Source: Aileen Conroy
David Creedon (Co. Cork)
Billy Ramsell with Parnell’s Walking Stick, photograph on paper
Source: David Creedon
Bernice Guckian (Co. Sligo)
Little Dreamer, watercolour and pyrography pen on birch plywood
Source: Roy Hewson
Jacinta Guinan (Co. Mayo)
Natalia, acrylic and oil on canvas
Source: Jacinta Guinan
David Hamilton (Co. Down)
Cormac, acrylic on canvas
Source: David Hamilton
Gordon Harris (Co. Galway)
Kids Canvas, oil on panel
Source: Gordon Harris
Jack Hickey (Co. Cork)
My Time, oil on canvas
Source: Jack Hickey
Myra Jago (Co. Dublin)
Reflection, oil on gesso panel
Source: Myra Jago
Gerard Jefferson-Lewis (Stirling), Bortu Kavalor (20)
Stirling, United Kingdom, March 2017, photograph
Source: Gerard Jefferson-Lewis
Vera Klute (Co. Dublin)
Self-Portrait, video animation
Source: Vera Klute
Ivan Matancevic (Co. Dublin),
Natasa, oil on canvas
Source: Ivan Matancevic
Eilish McCann (Co. Wexford),
My son, feeding on my breast, monoprint on paper
Source: Eilish McCann
Eoghan McGrath (Co. Kilkenny)
After Adriaen Thomasz Key, oil on board
Source: Eoghan McGrath
Sean McGuill (Co. Louth)
Self Portrait, graphite on paper
Source: Sean McGuill
Cian McLoughlin (Co. Dublin)
Tronie (Woman Leaning Forward), oil on board
Source: Cian McLoughlin
Tom O’Dea (Co. Dublin),
Self-Portrait decoded genetic information comprised of complete Single Nucleotide pair differences from the reference human genome on thermal printed paper
Source: Tom O’Dea
Kenneth O’Halloran (Co. Dublin)
Winnie Lawrence, photograph on paper
Source: Kenneth O’Halloran
Nicholas Benedict Robinson (Co. Wicklow)
Drishcoora -Maeve and Keith Robinson, oil on birchwood
Source: Nicholas Benedict Robinson
Benita Stoney (Co. Mayo)
Tommy, egg tempera on gesso panel
Source: Benita Stoney
Zane Sutra (Co. Wexford)
Dun Laoghaire Fox, oil on canvas
Source: Zane Sutra
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