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Nigel Milsom's portrait of Charles-Waterstreet wins 2015 Archibald Prize

Nigel Milsom’s portrait of Charles Waterstreet wins 2015 Archibald Prize

Nigel Milsom's portrait of Charles-Waterstreet wins 2015 Archibald Prize

As massive fans of the TV show RAKE, which based on the real life story of banister Charles Waterstreet, we’re excited to see a portrait of him win this year’s Archibald. The amazing portrait is painted by artist Nigel Milsom. We love the way the claw hands have been captured; the harshness of the straight lines in both his face and hands are simply brilliant.

It is the third time Newcastle artist Milsom has been an Archibald Prize finalist and is his first Archibald win. The Archibald Prize awards the winning artist $100,000. As well as winning the prize, Milsom is a subject this year – as the sitter for his friend, fellow artist Matthew Kentmann.

Describing Waterstreet as “a very complex person”, Milsom said his portrait was “an attempt to depict him as a giant: part-man part-mythical creature, with hands that appear otherworldly”.

“My relationship with Charlie obviously took on more significance at that time,” Milsom said.

“Charlie restored my faith in the legal system,” Milsom said. “He is a very complex person… he isn’t just a law man. He’s a writer, a social environmentalist and does things in film, photography and theatre too. Despite his busy life, he has managed to dedicate most of his time to the welfare of others.”

Nigel Milsom won the 2012 Sulman Prize and the 2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. He has had nine solo exhibitions since 2002 and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Newcastle as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

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In 2015, finalists in all three prizes will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 18 July and 27 September.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

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