Nick Stathopoulos makes a political statement with his portrait of the ABC presenter.
Most television presenters are accustomed to the scrutiny of close-ups and headshots, but for Fenella Kernebone, former host of ABC’s Art Nation,seeing her visage writ large on a 1.38m-squared canvas was confronting.
Then, to find Nick Stathopoulos’s portrait of her hanging in the Art Gallery NSW as one of the 41 finalists in the Archibald Prize – an event she has covered on television in previous years – was even more of a shock.
“It’s huge – much bigger than me. He spent lot of time with my mug!” she laughs.
“I love Nick’s hyperrealism; he takes forever to create a portrait. His work is incredibly detailed and intricate.”
Stathopoulos clearly watches a lot of television: he was exhibited as a finalist in the 2008 Archibald Prize for his portrait of At the Movieshost David Stratton asleep in a darkened cinema, and in 2003 for a tribute to his childhood hero Mr Squiggle and puppeteer Norman Hetherington.