Conor Horgan has put together a selection of his films for people to watch during the confinement which includes Arts Council funded film The Beholder, now viewable online for the first time. It’s about portraiture and features James Hanley, Mick O’Dea and Brian Maguire.
The making of a portrait is an intimate experience, one which can be a pleasurable event for both parties or one that’s fraught with difficulties. Either way, to paint someone’s picture is a unique way of really getting under their skin. In a world where anyone can make a realistic likeness on their cellphone, the importance of the painted portrait remains: as an emblem of power and prestige, as a political act and ultimately as a memorial. These themes and many others are explored through the work of three of Ireland’s most notable portrait painters: James Hanley, Mick O’Dea and Brian Maguire.
The Beholder was nominated for Best Arts Film at the Celtic Media Awards. Third runner-up in the Audience Award at the Dublin International Film Festival.
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