CORK-based artist Charles Tyrrell has been shortlisted for the most prestigious prize in contemporary Irish art.
The Meath-born artist works and lives in the Beara Peninsula and is best known for abstract paintings, which have received critical acclaim at home and abroad.
He has been shortlisted for the Savills Art Prize, which will be presented at Vue, Ireland's national contemporary art fair, at the Royal Hibernian Academy this week.
The artist, who has been described as 'probably the best painter of his generation', is one of only four Irish artists to have made the shortlist for the €5,000 prize, which will be awarded to an artist who has made a substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.
Mr Tyrrell studied painting at the National College of Art and Design and often uses the media of aluminium, canvas and board.
He is also a member of Aosdana, a state body set up through the Arts Council to recognise outstanding contributions to the creative arts in Ireland.
The award, which will be presented for the third time at Vue 2017, could become very important in the Irish Art scene, according to organiser Louis O’Sullivan.
"This is the third year the Savills Art Prize has been presented at Vue and we hope the award will become as important to Irish art as the Turner Prize is in the UK," he said.
The prestigious award is sponsored by Savills Ireland, a full-service real estate advisory firm, with offices in Dublin, Cork, and Belfast.
“Savills is the perfect partner to present the prize as most art is found in homes and businesses, and not just museums,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
“Vue 2017 is a great opportunity for collectors and investors to experience some of the best contemporary art currently being created in Ireland, and to get some expert advice and guidance from leading galleries.”
Janet Mullarney, Samuel Walsh and John Gibbons have also been nominated for the coveted award, which will be presented by RHA director Dr Patrick Murphy on the first day of the event.
Last year’s prize was awarded to Patrick Graham, one of the country’s most noted living artists, who has had a significant influence on the Irish art scene and is credited by some as changing the face of Irish art in the 1980s with his introduction of neo-expressionism.
The exhibition is open to the public this week from Thursday to Sunday.
Opening hours are 6pm-8pm on Thursday, 11am-8pm on Friday, 11am-7pm on Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sunday.