“I’ve been described as the Hillary Clinton of the Archibald – she won the popular vote, but didn’t win the election.”
Art Style: Hyperrealism
Archibald Finalist: 5 Times (2016 Deng Adut, 2012 Fenella Kernebone, 2010 Geoff Ostling, 2008 David Stratton, 2003 Norman Hetherington)
People’s Choice Winner, 2016 (portrait of Deng Adut, Sudanese refugee and lawyer)
2017 Archibald Sitter: Isla Fisher (award-winning actress & children’s book author)
Nick Stathopoulos is the son of Greek migrants, and grew up in Western Sydney. A self-taught artist, he has become known for his hyper-realistic style, particularly his paintings of his childhood toy collection. An Arts/Law graduate of Macquarie University, he has worked as an artist for over 30 years in film, television, animation, and book publishing. Nick is also a five-time Archibald finalist. His 2016 entry of Sudanese refugee lawyer Deng Adut was voted People’s Choice to great critical acclaim and media attention. He has also been hung three times in the Salon des Refusés, twice in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, and in 2015 was a finalist in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Nick currently works between an inner city terrace studio and Project 504, a shared studio space in St Leonards, NSW.
See how Nick’s portrait developed this year:
Follow Nick’s journey to The Archibald on Foxtel Arts from September 12.