CIT CCAD graduate Jack Hickey wins 2017 National Gallery Hennessey Portrait Prize

29 November, 2017

CIT CCAD graduate Jack Hickey wins 2017 Hennessey Portrait Prize

Jack Hickey wins the 2017 National Gallery Hennesssey Portrait Prize.

He is a 2011 graduate from the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, and now joins the the long list of previous winners The previous winners are Nick Miller, Vera Klute (who was also shortlisted this year) and Gerry Davis. 

'The 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize has been awarded to Jack Hickey for his painting My Time. Its subject is a woman lying, apparently on a bed, her eyes open, a blank green wall beyond her. Sparing in colour, it is rendered with dramatic chiaroscuro.

The artist says that he was attempting “to illuminate the emptiness at the centre of human relationships”. Born in Cobh, Co Cork, he graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2011.'

- taken from Aidan Dunne, Irish Times online,Wed, Nov 29.

25 November 2017 - 25 February 2018
Portrait Gallery | Free admission

'Twenty-four artists (below) have been shortlisted for this year's Hennessy Portrait Prize. Selected from over 270 entries, the portraits encompass a wide range of media and materials, by artists living in Ireland and Irish artists abroad. This year’s panel of judges are James Hanley, Niamh MacNally, Patrick T. Murphy and Dr Yvonne Scott.

On Tuesday, 28 November 2017, one artist will be announced as the winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017 and will receive a prize of €15,000. The winning artist will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. There will also be two additional awards of €1,500 for highly commended works.

Open to artists in all disciplines, the aim of the Hennessy Portrait Prize is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Curators: Claire Crowley and Dr Brendan Rooney, National Gallery of Ireland'

More information available online about prize and previous winners on

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