BREAKING - Kilkenny artist shortlisted for prestigious accolade

Blaise in with serious chance to win the Ireland Zurich Portrait Prize

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


'Blaise' of glory

Blaise Smith, who is based in Dungarvan, Kilkenny who has been shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Award for this painting of his parents

Kilkenny based artist, Blaise Smith has been shortlisted for one of the most coveted prizes in the Irish art world.

His absolutely entrancing painting of his parents has made the final of the National Gallery of Ireland’s Zurich Portrait Prize.

Based just outside the village of Dungarvan in rural Kilkenny, Blaise feels that the move to his country cottage has inspired his work.

Identity, privacy, place, family and social change are among the themes addressed by the artists who have been shortlisted for this year’s National Gallery of Ireland’s Zurich Portrait Prize.

A total of 25 artists from a variety of backgrounds, working across a multitude of creative disciplines, have made it through to the final stage of the competition, from an initial pool of nearly 300 entrants. The winning artist will receive a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to produce a new work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. Two additional prizes of €1,500 will be awarded to highly-commended works.