312: Regan takes Microsoft prize / Irish Game for those who like their art hot (Monday 5 July 2004)

compiled by Isobel Harbison

Paul Regan wins Microsoft competition

Standing for Insult, 2004, Giclee print on Somerset Matte Archival paper, 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 in). Image held here

Paul Regan has won the sixteenth annual Microsoft Ireland Art prize, and his works are currently being exhibited in a solo show in the EPDC 5 building. His work was in competition with other works in the company's private collection. One of Regan's works was commissioned as a centrepiece for the Microsofts new EPDC 5 Building in Leopardstown, south Dublin.
Regan is known primarily as a painter using both oils and acrylics as well as water-soluble paints (sometimes his works are digitally processed), but also for works in print and sculpture. Another recent commision was the Central Bank of Ireland commemorative ten-euro coin marking EU accession.
Born in 1970, Regan qualified from the College of Marketing and Design in Dublin in 1993 and has since had numerous solo exhibitions in Ireland and America. His website is here .

A true story of crime and art?

Matthew Hart's The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art . Image held here

British writer Matthew Hart has just released his new book, The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art , investigating the world of fine-art thieves. The book centres on the two heists from Russborough House but also goes for the broader canvas. One reviewer suggested innocently that the story could be made into a film...

Review of the book here .