St Vincent's teacher Leanne lands herself on top award shortlist

Hennessy Portrait Award

St Vincent's teacher Leanne lands herself on top award shortlist
David Lynch

Dundalk artist Leanne Mullen has been short-listed for the prestigious Hennessy Portrait Award.

A graduate of both the National College of Art and Design and MA from the University of Ulster Leanne has been working as a painter and sculptor for over 20 years, exhibiting nationwide and regularly working towards commissions and exhibitions. Many of her pieces are featured in private collections, including public works at Dublin airport and Louth County Council.

She enjoyed huge success recently when her work was shown at An Tain Basement Gallery, where she exhibited alongside local artists Declan Honan and Rosie Martin in 'A Sense Of Place'.

Following on from this success Leanne was encouraged to submit her work to the national competition by Arts officer Brian Harten and Denis Darcy, Louth County Council.

“Brian and Denis were hugely supportive of my work in the show”, Leanne said.

“As a result of their positivity I submitted my painting 'Someone's Mother'.

“The painting was part of a larger body of work which was a site-specific response to the holding cell that the gallery once was. I try to capture the incidental expressions of the human face”.

Leanne has been teaching in St.Vincent's school for a number of years where her enthusiasm has inspired many students to pursue Art and Design at third level.

“We have a very strong Art department in St.Vincent's, where I work alongside Carmel Clyne and Caoimhe Woods. Our Principal Deirdre Matthews has a great understanding and appreciation of the Visual Arts.

“She is consistently supportive in our endeavours professionally.”

Her work has been short-listed from a large number of submissions of contemporary portraiture. The finalists work will be shown in the National Gallery in Dublin. The exhibition will be open to the public from November 26th to March 2017.