This portrait of Bud Tingwell surrounded by his personal objects was the last sitting given by the late actor.
The portrait by artist Peter Biram took six months to complete. Biram said he wanted to create an environmental portrait, almost like a family snap shot. This he felt would give the painting a ‘humanist content’.
Tingwell is said to have loved the piece.
The work is one of several paintings submitted to the 2009 Archibald Prize on display at The Hidden Faces, a four week exhibition of 49 portraits.
Curator of the exhibition, Jacqueline Taylor has selected the best paintings by Victorian artists whose portraits were ‘refused’ for the Archibald Prize.
“These outstanding works would not otherwise be available to the public and merit being seen. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Victorians to question the selection of this often controversial ‘official’ Prize,” she says.
Amongst the television personalities in the exhibition are Frank Woodley, Ben Mendelsohn, Wil Anderson, Michael Veitch and Jonathon Welch.
The 2009 Hidden Faces of the Archibald can be seen at SMART artZ Gallery, South Melbourne, from Wednesday 17 June to Sunday 12 July (Vic only).