ARCHIBALD PRIZE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2016
Archibald Prize People's Choice Award 2016 - Art Collector
|2016 People’s Choice award winner, Nick Stathopoulos Deng © the artist. Photo: © AGNSW, Mim Stirling|
Nick Stathopoulos has been named winner of the 2016 Archibald Prize People’s Choice award for his portrait of Sudanese refugee and lawyer, Deng Adut. The artist took four months to complete the hyper-real portrait of Adut, who captured his attention after he featured in a promotional video from Western Sydney University. The video documented Adut’s life as a child soldier in Sudan who fled to Australia and is now a practicing lawyer, refugee advocate and community leader.
Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand commented that, “I’ve no doubt that this vote of appreciation by visitors to the Archibald recognises both the meticulous skill of artist Nick Stathopoulos, and the wonderful contribution Deng Adut has made – and is making – to Australian life.”
The exhibition is showing until 9 October 2016.