When artist, comedian and author Anh Do won last year’s Archibald Prize People’s Choice Award, there was no way of knowing he’d be the subject of the winning Bald Archy entrant for 2018.
Anh Can Doby James Brennan. Photo supplied
Now in its 25th year, the Bald Archy boasts an irreverent sensibility and satirical edge – past subjects have included politicians Barnaby Joyce, Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott. Do has received an altogether more celebratory treatment however, with four-time winning artist James Brennan an admirer of his. Titled Anh Can Do, Brennan’s painting draws on a wealth of references, most significantly Norman Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait. He will receive a $10,000 prize purse for his efforts.
“Anh Do is an inspiration for me, I admire him for what he has accomplished in his life from his very humble beginnings as a child refugee to a successful author, actor, comedian and artist,” said Brennan. “I love his art, he has his own TV show ‘Anh’s Brush with Fame’ and he has been a finalist for the Archibald Prize. He also has that incredible big smile and happy-go-lucky personality that I wanted to capture...