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Council Supports Award For Outstanding Portraiture

Program Of Support For Arts Education In Ireland Makes Great Headway

Initiative Sponsored by Prudential Financial in conjunction with The Irish Arts Review & Royal Hibernian Academy

During 2007, the Council program offering an Award for Outstanding Portraiture was again undertaken with important financial support from Prudential Financial. The initiative, part of a program to support arts and arts education in Ireland, has been managed in conjunction with the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and the Irish Arts Review, the definitive journal of art and design in Ireland.

The Council's award is presented to a promising Irish artist in Portraiture at the RHA's Spring Exhibition, which is the biggest exhibition of art in Ireland every year. A special panel of judges reviews entries and chooses an artist for the €5,000 (Euro) bursary for the Award for Outstanding Portraiture.

This year's winner was Gary Coyle a Dublin artist, who was presented with his award at the Council's Gala MidSummer Night's Dinner in Dublin this past June.

Award For Outstanding Portraiture was presented to the artist Gary Coyle

The Council's Award for Outstanding Portraiture was presented to the artist Gary Coyle (center) by Henry McGarvey (left), Chief Executive of Pramerica, Prudential Financial's operating subsidiary in Ireland. On hand was John D. Mulcahy, Publisher of The Irish Arts Review who co-sponsored the award.

"This year, we are delighted to again support this worthwhile Council program which has generated much excitement in the arts community in Ireland. We particularly appreciate the great efforts of the distinguished panel of jurists who agreed to serve in support of this program operated in conjunction with the Irish Arts Review and the RHA" said Robert C. Golden, Executive Vice President, Prudential Financial and a Council board member.

Mr. John Mulcahy, Editor of the Irish Arts Review, in presenting the Award to Gary Coyle, said that there were many types of portraits but that most of them were painted to flatter the subject. Obviously this was not the intention in this extreme close-up, charcoal portrait of a young man's wolfish visage. Coyle's work has always been infused with ominous undertones and this portrait has a similarly menacing appearance. Partly thanks to its arresting, almost troubling impact, it gained the unanimous approval of the RHA selectors for this year's Award.

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