This portrait of Graham Norton was unveiled in the National Gallery today


first_imgI still can’t quite take in the chances of me, out of all the people who entered, getting the opportunity to paint Graham, out of all the people they could have chosen, and it turning out we’re third cousins. As Graham aptly put it, “I’m embarrassed for Ireland”. He is genuinely a lovely guy and he took [my partner] Suzy and me out for dinner after the unveiling.A wonderful coincidence, and a lovely portrait for all to see next time they visit the gallery: And so, here it is, @TheReidArt’s wonderful portrait of @grahnort for @NGIreland. Solo show at the Molesworth, coming June 2017 @SkyArts pic.twitter.com/VfUBPpQ7y3— Molesworth Gallery (@MolesworthGall) March 15, 2017 And in a rather unlikely turn of events, the artist realised he was Graham’s third cousin only after he had sat for the portraitGareth told Sky:My dad knew there was some connection a while back but only decided to tell me about a week after the final when we were in Kerry together. It was vague at that point – some cousins of his thought there was a connection through my granny’s side. The official “Nortrait”. @SkyArts #portraitartistoftheyear @CASSART @grahnort @NGIreland pic.twitter.com/55T5p3TdUu— Gareth Reid (@TheReidArt) March 15, 2017 Short URL 30 Comments Source: Molesworth Gallery/Twitter Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 10:00 PM By DailyEdge.ie Mar 15th 2017, 10:00 PM Source: Gareth Reid/Twitter Source: DublinByMouth: Niamh/Twitter OVER THE LAST year, Sky Arts has been running an international competition to find the Portrait Artist of the Year.And last night, the results were announced.Belfast man Gareth Reid was victorious – and the prize was an €11,000 commission to paint Graham Norton for the National Gallery of Ireland.And today it was unveiled to the public in all its glory Oh my stars and garters! This beautiful portrait of @grahnort by @TheReidArt was just added to @NGIreland #Portrait Collection. cc @SkyArts pic.twitter.com/rwOsTjoSoP— DublinByMouth: Niamh (@DublinByMouth) March 15, 2017 65,372 Views DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Share Tweet Email3 This portrait of Graham Norton was unveiled in the National Gallery today And, in a very Irish coincidence, the artist turned out to be Norton’s cousin. There’s Graham Norton pic.twitter.com/RhKvXW5MvM— Seán Marum (@SeanMarum) March 15, 2017 It’s gone down ~very well~ http://jrnl.ie/3290440 Add us: dailyedge Source: Seán/Twitter Written by David Elkin and posted on DailyEdge.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more