Ahn Do the choice of the people in Archibald Prize
THE Archibald Prize ANZ People's Choice award has been won by Ahn Do with his portrait of indigenous actor, Jack Charles.
Do interviewed and painted Charles in the latest season of the ABC TV show Anh's Brush with Fame.
"I feel very lucky that Jack let me paint his portrait for the Archibald prize," Do said.
"He's an extraordinary Australian with a great face full of character.
"Jack has lived a big life and I enjoyed getting to know him and painting his portrait immensely."
Do first heard of Charles in a newspaper article that introduced him as "esteemed actor, former heroin addict and jailbird, member of the stolen generation, gay man and latter-day Indigenous activist".
Now a legendary figure and role model to many, Charles' tumultuous life story is vibrantly depicted in the winning People's Choice portrait.
Charles said he thoroughly enjoyed being in Do's company as he sat for the portrait.
"I am extremely chuffed to be counted as one of Anh Do's mates, and of his extraordinary portrait of moi," Charles said.
"It was a hoot sitting for this legend in his sexy little Sydney studio.
"I count him as one of the best extractors of information - from his engaging smile, wit, genuine interest and listening to the dribs and drabs of my story, my reason for living.
"I'm blessed thrice over," Charles added.
The ANZ People's Choice win follows Do's 2014 Archibald finalist portrait of his father, Tam Do.
The winning portrait and finalist works for the 2017 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are on show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday, 22 October.
Archibald Prize finalists will then go on a regional tour until October 2018.