A gay Aboriginal actor's portrait, from an ABC TV series, just won the people's choice at the Archibald Prize

Artist Anh Do’s portrait ‘JC’, of Aboriginal actor Jack Charles which won the Archibald Prize people’s choice award. Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Comedian turned painter Anh Do, best known for the ABC TV series Anh’s Brush with Fame, has won the People’s Choice award at the Archibald Prize with a portrait featured on the TV series Indigenous actor, Jack Charles.

More than 15,000 visitors to the exhibition placed their votes by Monday, October 2, to give Do the win, which includes a $3500 cash prize.

Do approached Charles to appear in his show for a portrait sitting after reading about him as an “esteemed actor, former heroin addict and jailbird, member of the stolen generation, gay man and latter-day Indigenous activist”.

It’s the second time Do’s work has featured in the exhibition, having been a finalist in 2014 with a portrait of his father, Tam Do.

While the work did not impress critics such as the Herald’s John McDonald, who said “it’s one of those paintings that gets less interesting the longer one looks”, Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand said Do’s “striking” work “clearly moved visitors”.

Do’s called Charles “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,” he said.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition continues at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday, October 22.

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