21 June, 2005
This year over 36,000 voted in this year's People's Choice for the Archibald Prize and their favourite was Nicholas Harding's portrait Bob's daily swim.
Nicholas Harding has been an Archibald finalist every year since 1994. He won the Archibald Prize in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell and was highly commended in 1998 for his portrait of artist Margaret Olley. In 2003 he painted Margaret Whitlam and in 2002 and 2004 submitted portraits of Aboriginal artist Rusty Peters.
Harding's subject this year is painter Robert Dickerson. Now into his eighties Robert swims, paints, weight-lifts and walks every day. Nicholas receives $2,500 for winning the People's Choice.
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and the Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize are on view until Sunday 3 July 2005.
Image: Nicholas Harding, Bob's daily swim, 2005 Archibald People's Choice Winner.© the artist