New Martin Mc Guinness portrait launched on fourth anniversary

Acclaimed artist Tony Bell has created a new portrait of the late Martin Mc Guinness to support the peace foundation established in his name, it has been revealed.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:56 am

Speaking after an online launch of the portrait, Martin Mc Guinness Peace Foundation spokesperson Paul Kavanagh said: “Both Martin’s family and the foundation are delighted with the new limited-edition portrait by Tony Bell which depicts Martin in both his early and latter days.

“Tony also produced the portrait of Martin that is now displayed in Stormont and his latest work – capturing images of Martin that we are all familiar with - is another stunning creation.

“We would very much like to thank him for his hard work which will be of great support to the foundation which will benefit from sales of the limited-edition prints.”

Bernie and Fiachra McGuinness, wife and son of the late Martin McGuinness, with the new portrait.

Mr. Kavanagh also acknowledged the many tributes that continue to be made to the late deputy First Minister and urged anyone who wishes to do something similar to contact the foundation.

He added: “Since Martin’s death many people have paid tribute to him and some have sought to honour him through song and imagery.

In some cases, Martin’s family has endorsed or approved those tributes but going forward, they have asked that family endorsement should be pursued through the Peace Foundation.

“We would obviously urge people to respect those wishes.”

The new portrait of Martin McGuinness by artist Tony Bell.

Anyone seeking to purchase a copy of the painting can do so by emailing the Foundation at [email protected]

Prints are priced at €125 or £100 and includes postage and packaging, and can be shipped internationally.

An online launch of the new artwork took place on Sunday night, Martin’s fourth anniversary, via the Martin Mc Guinness Peace Foundation Facebook Page.

The unveiling of the portrait was one of a number of events held at the weekend by the Martin Mc Guinness Peace Foundation to mark the anniversary.

There was also the announcement of the winners of the recent ‘Poem to Martin’ competition.

Events began on Friday night with an online screening of ‘Remembering the Chieftain - In Conversation with Gerry Adams’ which took place in Derry’s Millennium Forum in 2018.

All events took place on the Martin Mc Guinness Peace Foundation Facebook page which can still be accessed via: facebook.com/MartinMcGuinnessPeaceFoundation

Sinn Féin veteran leader and former Joint First Minister Mr McGuinness passed away back in March 2017 following a short battle with a rare heart condition.

Martin McGuinness had died just a few short months since his retirement from frontline politics. He was 66 years old.

Tems of thousands lined the streets of Derry at his funeral, which was attended by, among others, US President Bill Clinton.