Ex- con takes out Archibald Prize
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.
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INSPIRATION: Nigel Milsom with his portrait of Charles Waterstreet.