16 of 24 portraits of Seamus Heaney
© Tai-Shan Schierenberg / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Tai-Shan Schierenberg
oil on canvas, 2004
38 in. x 36 in. (967 mm x 915 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Seamus Justin Heaney (1939-2013), Poet and Nobel Prize winner. Sitter in 24 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Tai-Shan Schierenberg (1962-), Painter. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This psychologically penetrating interpretation of one of the leading poets of the late twentieth century offers an interesting counterpoint to the younger Heaney encountered in the whole length portrait by Peter Edwards also in the collection. Schierenberg's portrait came about as a result of a commission for Queen's University, Belfast, where Heaney is Chancellor.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 268
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Recent commissions and acquisitions (20 July 2005 - 25 September 2005)
Events of 2004back to top
Current affairsArmed robbers raid the Northern Bank in Belfast, stealing £26.5 million. Gunmen entered the homes of two bank officials, kidnapping their families and forcing them to let them into the bank, before loaded cash into vans and drove off. Police and the British and Irish governments claimed that the Provisional IRA was responsible and several of the people arrested had PIRA, Real IRA and Sinn Féin connections.
Art and scienceA fire at Charles Saatchi's art warehouse destroys some of the icons of Brit Art. Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and The Hut by Tracey Emin and works by Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Hume and Rachel Whiteread were among the casualties.
InternationalAn earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day causes a tsunami that kills nearly 230,000 people when it hit the coasts of Southeast Asia. The earthquake itself was the second most powerful ever recorded on a seismograph and waves from the tsunami - the most devastating in history - were up to 30 metres high.
See this portrait
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery