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Self Portrait: The Troubled Look
© the artist. Photo credit: National Museums Northern Ireland

Self Portrait: The Troubled Look 1995

Mark Shields (b.1963)

National Museums Northern Ireland

Painter and draughtsman, whose acrylic on linen paintings and charcoal drawings, portraits and still lifes, in their attention to detail, craftsmanship and fine finish indicated a debt to the Old Masters. Shields gained a fine arts honours degree at the University of Ulster, 1981–5, adding a teaching certificate, art and design, 1988–9. He won an Ulster Television award for outstanding work by an artist under 30, 1990; was a Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award finalist, 1992; won an Abbey Stained Glass Studios Award, RHA, Dublin, 1994; and in 1995, the year he gained his associated diploma from the RUA, obtained the Anderson’s Auctioneers & Valuers Prize there. Group shows included RUA from 1987; Cavehill Gallery, Belfast, from 1990; RI, 1992; ROI from 1992; RA from 1993; and BP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, from 1994.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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