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ESB honours former Chief Executives at Annual RHA Exhibition

ESB sponsored two prizes in the RHA Annual Exhibition this year. The winners were selected by an ESB internal selection committee, which comprises: Customer Supply & Group Services Executive Director Brid Horan, ESB Group Heritage Manager Malcolm Alexander, Ann Nolan, an art teacher who is the daughter of the late Joe Moran, the former ESB Chief Executive and Archive & Heritage Manager Brendan Delany.

This yearís Keating/McLaughlin Award for Painting was presented to artist Colin Davidson by Brid Horan, Executive Director Customer Supply & Group Services, for his work Window. The award comprises a silver medal and €3,000 cash.

The Keating /McLaughlin Medal honours two special people: Dr Thomas McLaughlin, who worked as young engineering manager for Siemens-Schuckert and persuaded the company to successfully bid for, and indeed complete, the Shannon Scheme which brought forward the electrification of Ireland; and Sean Keating (1889-1997), the former President of the RHA (1948-1962), who is perhaps best known for his work in recording in a series of sketches, drawings and paintings depicting the development of the Shannon Scheme.

The winner of the medal this year is artist Colin Davidson. Born in Belfast in 1968, he is a landscape artist, genre and portrait painter. In 1991, he graduated with first class honours in Art and Design from the University of Ulster. Almost immediately, he began exhibiting his artwork at the Tom Caldwell Gallery in Belfast, although he didnít begin painting full-time until 2000. Solo exhibitions at the same art gallery followed in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2004. In Dublin, Davidson has exhibited regularly at the Solomon Gallery, while in New York he has shown at Gallery Revel. To date, he has won several awards including:

Communication Arts Award, California (1994), the RUA Conor Prize (2001) and another RUA Silver Medal (2002). This yearís Connor/Moran Award for Sculpture, also comprising a silver medal and Ä3,000 cash, was presented to sculptor Redmond Herrity by Cathleen Moran, wife of the late former Executive, Joe Moran, for sculpture Undercover.

The Connor/Moran Medal also honours two special people: Jerome Connor (1874-1943) who was an Irish American Sculptor of the first rank and Joe Moran was Chief Executive of ESB from 1991 to 1996. Joe made an immense contribution to ESB and also to public life in Ireland.

Redmond Herrity was born in Donegal in 1974 and is a self-taught artist. It was by pure accident that he discovered that he had a talent for stone sculpture. In 1997, while on a trip around the world his journey took him to India where he spent three months exploring. Here he watched in amazement as street sculptors carved small figures from limestone, he was fascinated by their skill and dexterity and how they managed to carve such wonderful miniature figures from a piece of stone. It was these sculptors that inspired him to become a sculptor. His travels took him onto Thailand, America and Australia. In Australia he got the opportunity to work with stone for the first time. On his return home in 1999, he made a decision that he was going to devote his career to art. He works mainly with limestone and sandstone but, since making a trip to Italy, he has also become confident and comfortable working with marble.

  A photo of Redmond Herrity being
presented with his award by Cathleen
Moran beside his work Undercover.
Pictured: Redmond Herrity being presented with his award by Cathleen Moran beside his work Undercover.
A photo of Brid Horan, Executive Director
Customer Supply & Group Services,
with artist Colin Davidson, viewing his
painting.
Pictured:Brid Horan, Executive Director Customer Supply & Group Services, with artist Colin Davidson, viewing his painting.
 
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