Ex- con takes out Archibald Prize

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN ARTIST who was re­leased from jail a year ago has won the $ 100,000 Archibald Prize with a por­trait of his bar­ris­ter.

Nigel Mil­som pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting an armed rob­bery on a Glebe con­ve­nience store in 2012 while he was high on ice, heroin and pre­scrip­tion drugs.

He was in­car­cer­ated in Cess­nock Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre un­til his re­lease in June 2014.

Mil­som won the Archibald yesterday with a bleak, Dick­en­sian por­trait of Charles Waterstreet, who de­fended him in the court case. The paint­ing is ti­tled ( the white bird).

Mil­som said Waterstreet – who is also the in­spi­ra­tion for the TV char­ac­ter Rake – had come to be “al­most myth­i­cal” in his eyes.

“It’s re­ally kind of reach­ing out to say ‘ I’m here to help you’,” Mil­som said.

Waterstreet said he was in court yesterday morn­ing when a bank of text mes­sages alerted him of Mil­som’s win.

“I was on my feet and not go­ing well, so I did not dis­guise my de­light,” he said.

Judo House pt 6

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

IN­SPI­RA­TION: Nigel Mil­som with his por­trait of Charles Waterstreet.

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