Firm chooses local artist for portrait of An Taoiseach

December 13th, 2015 11:55 AM

By Southern Star Team

Skibbereen artist Paul Delaney presenting his portrait to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Cork recently.

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A Skibbereen artist was honoured recently when he presented his portrait of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the man himself.

A SKIBBEREEN artist was honoured recently when he presented his portrait of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the man himself.

The portrait was commissioned by Cork-based business processing firm Voxpro, which was announcing 400 new jobs for the city.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was presented with the specially commission portrait by local graphic artist Paul Delaney. The modern, mixed media portrait was described as ‘a bold and dynamic depiction of our country’s leader’ and is a typical example of the layered, colourful and energetic style of Paul Delaney.

The portrait was part of an overall series of works commissioned by Voxpro chief executive Dan Kiely, which saw Paul working throughout the summer to produce over 45 bespoke pieces to hang in Voxpro offices in Cork, Dublin and San Francisco. 

It is a measure of the popularity of the Skibbereen artist’s work. 

Last year the Irish soft furnishings company, Scatterbox, launched a cushion collection based on Paul’s work, entitled ‘Love Letters.’ 

The collection, available in shops and stores across Ireland and the UK, proved to be an effective promotional vehicle for Paul’s work and has resulted in a large increase in the amount of corporate commissions and collaborations for the artist.

‘Art has the ability to deliver powerful messages,’ Paul told The Southern Star. ‘I think that business owners are beginning to realise that blank or unused office walls are a waste of space, and that having bespoke artworks hanging on these walls are a great way to promote the values, character and culture of their business to both staff and customers. It’s an exciting trend for Ireland’s artists.’  

Having recently moved back home to West Cork, Paul now plans to further develop his craft and his career from his home in Glandore.

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