Actor Simon Burke's return to his role of Tom Allen in Foxtel's new mini-series Devil's Playground, a follow-up to Fred Schepisi's 1976 film The Devil's Playground, has inspired Sydney-based Turkish artist Mertim Gokalp's The Red Shoe portrait of Burke, which has been chosen as a semifinalist in the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
ACTOR Simon Burke has been captured by a Turkish artist for this year’s prestigious Doug Moran Prize. Burke, the star/writer/producer of Foxtel’s much-anticipated short drama series Devil’s Playground, which premieres next Tuesday on Showcase, spent many hours on his haunches for Mertim Gokalp whose work, The Red Shoe, is a semi-finalist for the $150,000 prize.
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The Doug Moran Nation Portrait Prize, now in its 26th year, doesn’t have the notoriety or the crowds that swam each year to the Art Gallery of NSW circus. But its prestige is growing, and there’s also a $150,000 winner’s cheque that helps explain why so many artists are rushing to enter their work.
A portrait of disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson is in the running for Australia's richest portrait prize. The Portrait by artist Ross Roorda has been announced as one of the 150 semi-finalists in the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
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