A photograph portraying the connection between a new parent and her baby is the winner of the National Gallery of Ireland's Zurich Portrait Prize, the annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture, currently on display at Cork's Crawford Gallery until 13 April, 2020 - view a selection of the shortlisted entries above.
Cybil McCaddy with Daughter Lulu by Enda Bowe, portraying the connection between a new parent and her baby, was announced as the winning portrait for 2019 - the artist receives a commission worth €5,000 to produce a new work for the National Portrait Collection.
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In his artist's statement about the portrait, Enda Bowe says, "This portrait traces the emotional connection between a new parent and her baby, evoking traditional compositions of mother and child. Further scrutiny reveals details including Cybil's piercings, tattoos and adorned nails which, with the urban setting, give a contemporary update to this classical theme. The portrait of Cybil with her daughter Lulu was made on a housing estate in East London."
Joe Dunne and Salvatore of Lucan received highly commended prizes for their respective portraits, And Their World of Far and Near Things and Lucy with 3 Hands and Me Holding onto her Leg.
The Zurich Portrait Prize 2019 is at at Cork's Crawford Gallery until 13 April, 2020 - more details here.