Nick has given me permission to blog these photos of his David Stratton portrait.
He left this comment on my blog yesterday, reposted here for those who might not have seen it:
Hi Gang, Nick here. Thanks for all the groovy comments and support. As you know, the Archibald Prize is notoriously difficult to get hung in. The fact that I've made both the Doug Moran and the Archies at the same time is fucking unbelievable. The call was expected Wednesday but much to my surprise it came today...which means I don't have to go through days of nail biting agony waiting for the phone to ring. It's all worked out very nicely...especially after Chris Lilly dropped out at the last minute. I only had a couple of weeks to get David's massive portrait done. He was actually very excited with my news since he had said there was a curse as he's been attempted 3 times in the past, but none got in. I rang him and said "the curse is broken!" Updates as they happen!
Lovely stuff. Good choice of subject too. David Stretton, along with Phillip Adams and others was very big in the anti-censorship movement in the 60s and 70s. Which means he's fought at least two culture wars now.
The choice of greys was inspired, too.