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National Gallery

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

Which is your favourite?

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

Picture 210Source: Kyles Barnes

Shane Berkery (Co. Dublin)
Lady and the Cherry Blossoms, oil on canvas

Picture 202Source: Shane Berkery

Bob Campbell (Co. Dublin)
Cosmic Kitchen, wax, acrylic and paint on plaster

Picture 273Source: Bob Campbell

Comhghall Casey (Co. Dublin)
Self-Portrait, oil on canvas

Picture 248Source: Comhghall Casey

Aileen Conroy (Co. Laois)
Aileen Johanna. Self Portrait (mirror reflection), oil on canvas

Picture 222Source: Aileen Conroy

David Creedon (Co. Cork)
Billy Ramsell with Parnell’s Walking Stick, photograph on paper

CORKLANDSource: David Creedon

Bernice Guckian (Co. Sligo)
Little Dreamer, watercolour and pyrography pen on birch plywood

Picture 220Source: Roy Hewson

Jacinta Guinan (Co. Mayo)
Natalia, acrylic and oil on canvas

Picture 217Source: Jacinta Guinan

David Hamilton (Co. Down)
Cormac, acrylic on canvas

Picture 227Source: David Hamilton

Gordon Harris (Co. Galway)
Kids Canvas, oil on panel

Picture 240Source: Gordon Harris

Jack Hickey (Co. Cork)
My Time, oil on canvas

Picture 251Source: Jack Hickey

Myra Jago (Co. Dublin)
Reflection, oil on gesso panel

Picture 225Source: Myra Jago

Gerard Jefferson-Lewis (Stirling), Bortu Kavalor (20)
Stirling, United Kingdom, March 2017, photograph

Part of a new series of portraitsSource: Gerard Jefferson-Lewis

Vera Klute (Co. Dublin)
Self-Portrait, video animation

Vera Klute, Self-Portrait, 2016Source: Vera Klute

Ivan Matancevic (Co. Dublin),
Natasa, oil on canvas

Picture 207Source: Ivan Matancevic

Eilish McCann (Co. Wexford),
My son, feeding on my breast, monoprint on paper

Picture 243Source: Eilish McCann

Eoghan McGrath (Co. Kilkenny)
After Adriaen Thomasz Key, oil on board

Picture 218Source: Eoghan McGrath

Sean McGuill (Co. Louth)
Self Portrait, graphite on paper

Picture 246Source: Sean McGuill

Cian McLoughlin (Co. Dublin)
Tronie (Woman Leaning Forward), oil on board

Picture 214Source: 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

Tom O'Dea, Self-Portrait, 2017Source: Tom O’Dea

Kenneth O’Halloran (Co. Dublin)
Winnie Lawrence, photograph on paper

WinnieSource: Kenneth O’Halloran

Nicholas Benedict Robinson (Co. Wicklow)
Drishcoora -Maeve and Keith Robinson, oil on birchwood

Picture 236Source: Nicholas Benedict Robinson

Benita Stoney (Co. Mayo)
Tommy, egg tempera on gesso panel

Picture 229Source: Benita Stoney

Zane Sutra (Co. Wexford)
Dun Laoghaire Fox, oil on canvas

Picture 234Source: Zane Sutra

Read: 'My old teammates will be slagging me on WhatsApp': Portrait of Henry Shefflin unveiled >

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