MasterChef portrait masterstroke scores Archibald finalist place

October 14, 2016 by  

A painting of celebrity chef and co-host of Australia’s MasterChef, George Calombaris, entered into this year’s Archibald Prize by South Melbourne artist Betina Fauvel-Ogden, is to be included in a touring exhibition of Archibald prize works.

The only Victorian venue to host the exhibition will be the Art Gallery of Ballarat followed by a national tour lasting 12 months.

A first-time entrant and finalist, Fauvel-Ogden’s painting took out the Packing Room Prize worth $1,500 in the widely acclaimed portrait competition.

Colambaris was artistically captured standing with hands on his hips and gazing directly ahead.

Fauvel-Ogden, who admits to being a huge MasterChef fan, said her aim was to capture Colambaris’ sincerity, steely-eyed gaze and passion.

The prize-winning artwork, which is sure to feature in promotional brochure printing for the exhibition, was the first ever created at the artist’s new studio in South Melbourne.

The portrait of Colambaris will be one of 50 works by 2016 Archibald Prize finalists to be included in the Ballarat exhibition, which runs from October 14 to November 27.

South Melbourne will be well represented at the exhibition, with three additional local artists also named as finalists and having their works put on show. They include Yvette Coppersmith, Lewis Miller, and Sally Ross.

Once the yearlong Australian tour of the 25th Archibald Prize finalists is at an end, Fauvel-Ogden said she plans to give the portrait to the MasterChef celebrity who inspired it.