The origins of the National Portrait Collection date back to 1875. Over the years the collection has been developed with additions of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculpture depicting prominent Irish individuals who have contributed to the civic, social, and cultural life of the nation. Since 1998, generously supported by Irish Life & Permanent, the Collection has been enhanced by a series of commissioned portraits of prominent figures from contemporary Irish life. The annual Portrait Prize, launched in 2014, has further contributed to the growth of this significant collection.
This portrait of the award-winning Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson was unveiled on 17 September 2018. The painting is by artist Donald Teskey, one of Ireland’s most accomplished and highly regarded painters.