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He won the Archibald Prize 19 times, the Wynne Prize 2022

Archibald and Wynne

Award-winning artist Nicholas Harding has died at the age of 66 from cancer.

Sydney-based Harding won the Archibald in 2001 with a portrayal of actor John Bell as King Lear, and was named a finalist for the award 19 times. This year he won the Wynne Prize with a lush landscape titled Euro.

Nicholas Harding in 2014 during the mounting of his portraits of Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving for an exhibition at the Olsen Irwin Gallery.Credit: Lydia Nikonova


A self-taught artist who was born in England and moved to Australia in 1965, Harding became known for his many-layered impasto style, which includes both landscapes and portraits.

Sydney gallerist Tim Olsen, who represented Harding, said he was a traditionalist “in every way”.

“He really embraced the long tradition of painting, drawing inspiration from [Lucian] Freud and Frank Auerbach, combining the brush with a spatula”, he said.

Nicholas Harding’s 2001 Archibald Prize-winning painting of John Bell as King Lear.

“He is one of the biggest mid-career artists that we have lost too soon.”

Harding was passionate about the theater and counted actor Hugo Weaving among his friends. His entry as a finalist for Archibald in 2011 was a Weaving portrait titled Hugo Housewhich is now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

“He was a true gentleman who also embraced the theater,” Olsen said. “He was one of the few artists who was ever invited backstage to draw actors for rehearsal.

 

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