Zurich Portrait Prize Shortlist Announced by National Gallery of Ireland


From more than one thousand entries, the shortlists of both the 2020 Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize have been announced by the National Gallery of Ireland. 26 artists, working across a variety of different media, have made it through to the final stage of the Zurich Portrait Prize.

The winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize will receive a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to create a new work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland. There will also be two awards of €1,500 for highly commended works. Judges for this year’s Zurich Portrait Prize are Dr Philip Cottrell, lecturer and assistant professor at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD; artist Rita Duffy; and Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlanes Gallery.

An exhibition of works shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize will open at the National Gallery of Ireland on 21 November 2020. Following the success of the run of last year’s exhibitions at Crawford Art Gallery, the Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize will travel to Cork once again in April 2021.

Shortlisted artists for the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020 at the National Gallery of Ireland:

  • Rachel Ballagh (Cork), High Anxiety, oil on board
  • Patrick Bolger (Dublin), Max, My Boy, photo on photo rag baryta
  • David Booth (Dublin), Maho, oil on board
  • Caroline Canning (Dublin), Mary Lennon Slicing Apples, oil on canvas
  • Comhghall Casey (Dublin), Self Portrait, oil on canvas
  • Aidan Crotty (Sligo), Portrait of a Boy, Morning, oil on linen
  • Amanda Doran (Wexford), Comfortable Shoes, oil on canvas
  • Laura Fitzgerald (Dublin), Portrait of a Stone, video piece played on two cube monitors
  • Jackie Hudson Lalor (Louth), After the Storm, oil on canvas
  • Vanessa Jones (Dublin), Self-Portrait with Snail Shells, oil on canvas
  • Emmet Kierans (London), At One with Nature, oil on wood panel
  • Christopher Lindhorst (Dublin), Solomon, photograph
  • Sinead Lucey (Kilkenny), HSE Heroes, The Wonderful Staff of St. Joseph’s Ward, St Columba’s Care Home, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, April 2020, oil on wood panel
  • Matthew McCabe (Kildare), MCR1 variant phenotype, oil on canvas
  • Sathishaa Mohan (Dublin), Dylan Logan, photograph
  • Theresa Nanigian (Dublin), Jacek & Seamus, photograph
  • Elizabeth O’Kane (Dublin), Selam, resin on mahogany base
  • Gillian O’Shea (Dublin), Lockdown, oil on canvas
  • Martin Redmond (Wexford), Patient, oil on linen
  • Nicholas Benedict Robinson (Wicklow), Dr Maeve Robinson, Family Planning Doctor & Educator, oil on birchwood
  • Paul Seawright (Antrim), Untitled – From Beasts of Burden: Rwanda 2020, archival pigment print
  • Niamh Smith (Dublin), Home, Soft Focus Life, Cocooning, photograph on fine art rag paper, archival
  • Sarah Bracken Soper (Dublin), Trailblazer, embroidery
  • Matthew Thompson (Dublin), Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, photograph on paper / carson platine fibre rag
  • Kathy Tynan (Dublin), Over Heavy Seas, oil on canvas
  • Simon Walsh (Dublin), Mrs Ryan in her Kitchen, Crumlin, photograph on paper


Source: Visual Artists Ireland News