Formidable is both the portrait and its subject.
Peter Smeeth’s painting titled Nelson Salesi, guarding his artwork shows off the two men in all their glory.
The former GP won his “first major” at the opening night of the 2010 Mortimore Art Prize in Dubbo at the weekend.
The best-in-show award was courtesy of artistic diligence and the imposing image of Nelson Salesi, a Fijian artist with a burgeoning career.
Yesterday the portrait was a drawcard at St Brigid’s Hall in Brisbane Street, where the exhibition will run “every day” until October 17.
About 200 people turned out to opening night to see Dr Smeeth collect the trophy and $15,000 of the $40,000 prizemoney distributed after judging by a panel of 157 finalists.
The central coast artist is expected to form part of the 2011 judging panel, following in the footsteps of other winners.
The Mortimore Art Prize is a national contest in the realism genre.
Its exhibition will move to the Scots College in Sydney from October 22 to 31, before the winning works are displayed in the foyer of Dubbo’s St George Bank in November.