Portrait Prize nod for Culdaff artist

An image from John Beattie's An Artist, the Studio and All the Rest
An image from John Beattie's An Artist, the Studio and All the Rest
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An Inishowen artist has been announced as one of 12 finalists in the National Gallery of Ireland Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014.

John Beattie, from Culdaff, has been shortlisted for ‘An Artist, the Studio and All the Rest (Part 1)’, which is a HD colour video produced and directed over a six-year period between 2006 - 2012.

The work portrays a master and apprentice relationship which developed during this period between John himself and his fellow artist Thomas Ryan. It was filmed in the Royal Hibernian Academy and Ryan’s studio and is presented to the viewer as a form of performative research. John told how the work began when he contacted Thomas Ryan “by a simple letter” in 2006, which gave him access to working with him in his studio.

“Throughout this process of filming with him over the years, I believe we both crossed barriers. We eventually -and respectfully- met in the middle which allowed the work to unfold and develop further,” he said.

The 12 finalists were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges from over 400 entries from artists living in Ireland and abroad. The short-listed artists’ works will be exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland from November 8th until February 8th, 2015. The winner will be announced on November 11th and will receive a prize of €15,000. They will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. Since 2006, John has had a number of art residencies in Dublin including the Fire Station Artists’ Studio and IMMA.