An oil painting showing a young boy sitting in a chair with hands clasped in his lap
Aidan Crotty, Portrait of a Boy, Morning, 2020. © Aidan Crotty.Credit

Aidan Crotty | Winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020

Portrait of a Boy, Morning, 2020

Oil on linen, 120 x 100cm

This portrait depicts the artist's eldest son Rían at eight years of age. The painting began when schools were closed and movement was restricted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Absorbed in the notable quiet and immersed in the absence of routine, Rían turns to feel the warmth of the morning light on his face. The artist notes, “as Spring turned into Summer, this painting gave a basic structure to the day and is a record of our time in confinement.”


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