Winners Of The Inaugural Davy Portrait Awards Announced

By Culture24 Staff | 25 November 2008
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Portrait of Cara by Joe Dunne courtesy of Joe Dunne

A Dublin based artist has been crowned the winner of the inaugural Davy Portrait Awards in Belfast for his picture Portrait of Cara and earned himself £10,000.

Joe Dunne’s captivating egg and oil tempera picture of his youngest daughter Cara impressed the panel of judges who included international art critic Gemma Tipton.

Dunne describes the winning portrait as "Aiming to capture his youngest child’s quiet and reflective temperament."

Best known for his portraiture, he studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and has exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions across Ireland, the UK and Europe

His work is included in the collections of the Royal Dublin Society, the Office of Public Works and the Ballinglen Art Foundation Archive.

The second prizewinner was Martin Wedge with his portrait C3.10 taken from an anonymous photo in a medical book.

Dublin’s Gary Cole bagged the third prize with his charcoal portrait of his father and other examples of his work have been exhibited at Tate Liverpool.

The top three portraits can be viewed alongside the other 21 portraits shortlisted from 300 at the Naughton Gallery in Belfast until January 31.

For further information and full exhibition details: www.davyportraitawards.com.

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