A Criminal Serving Time For Armed Robbery Won One Of Australia's Top Art Prizes

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A man serving time in Australia for armed robbery has won a prestigious, $150,000 portraiture prize.

According to The ABC the 2013 Moran Prize was won by Nigel Milsom, for a painting of a family friend who used to drink with his grandfather.

Milsom painted the work before going to jail, according to an award spokesperson. He is serving a six-year term after holding up a Glebe convenience store last year and will be eligible for parole in January 2016.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/jailed-artist-nigel-milsom-wins-doug-moran-national-portrait-prize-20131023-2w0pr.html#ixzz2iZtpDJL0

Judges said they were impressed by the gentleness captured by the painting, and the skillful brushwork.

The award recognises excellence in portraiture and photography.

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