Barrister painting wins Archibald prize

Barrister painting wins Archibald prize

19 July 2015 By Stefanie Garber
Archibald Prize Waterstreet

Criminal law barrister Charles Waterstreet served as the model for this year’s Archibald Prize-winning portrait, painted by a former client.

Mr Waterstreet is well-known for appearing in high-profile criminal cases, as well as co-creating the television series Rake, loosely based on his own life.


The portrait by Newcastle artist Nigel Milsom depicts Mr Waterstreet in his barristers’ robes, including his trademark thick-framed glasses and long hair.

A rising star in Australia’s arts scene, Mr Milsom has battled drug addiction and served jail time for armed robbery.


Mr Waterstreet and Mr Milsom forged a bond when Mr Waterstreet acted as the artist’s barrister.

The Archibald Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent portrait competition, with a $100,000 prize for the winner.

The Archibalds are familiar territory for Mr Waterstreet, who was featured in a portrait by Adam Cullen in the 2011 competition.

The winning portrait, alongside other finalists, are on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Barrister painting wins Archibald prize
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