Dundalk artist shortlisted for Hennessy Portrait Prize

Louth man shortlisted for prestigious art competition

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Dundalk artist shortlisted for Hennessy Portrait Prize

A TALENTED Dundalk artist has been shortlisted for this year's Hennessy Portrait Prize after he submitted an impressive self-portrait.

Seán McGuill from Bellurgan Point is a final year student at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD). He is one of 24 finalists who have been shortlisted for the prestigious award.

The 22-year-old has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in group shows in Louth County Museum and Kunsthaus LA54 in Berlin.

“My work often engages with themes relating to the mass media and popular culture,” said Seán.

“Portraiture and figurative work in particular has always sustained my interest and the human form is present in the majority of my work.”

He added: “As a printmaker, drawing is the starting point and remains the central element of the rest of my artistic practice, taking influence from a wide range of artists such as William Kentridge and Lucien Freud.

“I am interested in the process of drawing as a means of translating images from our digitally saturated cultural environment into the physical.”

His work has been selected for various awards including the John Shinnors Selection at the 2017 LSAD Drawing Awards, as well as the Limerick Lace Drawing Award in 2016 and the LSAD Drawing Awards in 2015.

Seán's work will be exhibited in the Hennessy Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin from November 25.

His degree show exhibition takes place in June 2018. For more details check out www.instagram.com/seanmcguillart and www.facebook.com/seanmcguillart