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There is a feature in this summer’s edition of the Irish Arts Reviewn on Blaise Smith’s recently completed portrait of eight scientists for the Royal irish Academy. On sale June 2nd.  The portrait also won the Irish US Council/Irish Arts Review Portrait Award at this years 187th RHA annual Exhibition. It is currently on show there in the RHA Gallery on Ely Place in Dublin until August 12th. 

There is a 52 minute documentary about the project here:


See more here:

8 Scientists

The painting is currently on view in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin.

He has also just completed a major commission for the OPW and Waterford City and County Council. Waterford 2016 is a panoramic landscape painting of the city. It is 5 metres (16 feet) wide and made up of 52 separate panels. The painting took over 6 months to complete. It was launched in October and is on permanent display in the Vestibule of Waterford County Hall next to the Theatre Royal. 

You can listen to a Lyric FM radio interview with Blaise about the project here:

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Blaise Smith unwraps Waterford 2016 - picture: Patrick Browne

Small size Waterford painting

Waterford 2016 - click to enlarge

You can see a short (7 minute) film about the background to the painting here:

Also a quick 1 minute  preview of some of the individual panels:

All text and images © Blaise Smith 2017