Nick Stathopoulos has been a finalist many times in Australia’s Archibald and Doug Moran Portrait prizes and his 2016 portrait ‘Deng’ of refugee lawyer Deng Adut was awarded the Archibald Prize’s People’s Choice award.
Last year his painting of writer Robert Hoge was shortlisted in the renowned BP Portrait Award in London which attracted over 400,000 visitors. The portrait was also reproduced on the cover of the Times.
His art career spans many fields including illustration, book cover design, computer game design, animation, screenwriting, film making and sculpture and this is all on top of an arts/law degree. He has won several awards for his illustration work but has found a real passion in hyper realist painting of portraits and still lifes.
In this interview Nick talks about how children’s television of the 60s provided him with the inspiration to draw toys, cars and machines as a child, he explains why he can never eat another Freddo frog and reveals how he came to name his 2009 show ‘Toy Porn’. He generously discusses his art techniques in detail from the first sketches and meeting with the sitter to the final portrait. He also gives moving accounts of how he came to paint Deng Adut and Robert Hoge and the emotional impact those experiences had on him.
Nick has works included in a forthcoming group show ’40/40 Project’ at Wagner Gallery, Paddington, Sydney opening on 19 November 2016.
Show notes (links to things we talk about in the show)
- Nick Stathopoulos
- Gerry Anderson
- Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
- Secret Knowledge by David Hockney
- David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge (BBC production)
- Deng Adut – University of Western Sydney video
- Robert Hoge – Australian Story
- BP Portrait award
- Archibald Prize
- Wagner Gallery
Video below was taken two years after the podcast interview where I caught up with Nick in his kitchen in Sydney.