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Dramatic Telegraph picture that captured summer of violence now piece of art in London's Saatchi Gallery

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A painting of a drenched loyalist rioter being blown off a PSNI Land Rover by a water cannon – based on a front page photograph from the Belfast Telegraph – is currently on show in London as part of a Saatchi Gallery exhibition.

Making The Most Of Good Weather, by Glenn Kennedy, is based on a photograph that caused a global sensation when it appeared on the front page of the Belfast Telegraph in July.

The painting was inspired by an iconic image of rioting in north Belfast over the Twelfth and is part of a collection by an Northern Irish artist shortlisted for a prestigious UK art prize.

Artist Glenn Kennedy, a Glasgow School of Art graduate, is in the running to win the coveted New Sensations UK Prize, run by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4.

The image, currently on display in Victoria House, central London, is based on a picture taken in July at Woodvale by freelance photographer David Fitzgerald.

After its publication, the arresting image was seen around the world on the internet and is hotly tipped for press awards success.

David said: "It's a perfect example of how press photography should be; people have really taken notice of the image.

"I'm very happy and flattered if Glenn has been inspired by my photograph."

Other pieces in Glenn's collection include Willie Frazer Examines The Gutted Remains, a painting of the loyalist campaigner staring into a burnt-out car, and another, called Disgruntled Youths March On, features loyalist protesters carrying Union flags.

Glenn said: "Being a child of the supposed 'peace' of Northern Ireland, it is somewhat unavoidable to escape the permeations of the previous generation's strife.

"My work engages with my concerns and also my passivity towards the commotion."

New Sensations was launched six years ago by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 to support the most imaginative and talented young artists in the UK and to present their work to an international audience during Frieze Week.

Frieze Week, from October 17, will see the world's super-rich fly in to London to check out art and the New Sensations exhibition offers collectors an opportunity to see work by the finest emerging artists.

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