Home is thrilled to be exhibiting work by Nick Stathopoulos in our ‘The Portrait’ show opening on Wednesday the 28th of August.

Nick Stathopoulos is the son of Greek migrants, and grew up in Western Sydney. A self-taught artist, he has become known for his hyper-realistic style, particularly his paintings of his childhood toy collection.

A graduate of Macquarie University, he has worked as an artist for over 30 years in film, television, animation, and book publishing. His work now focuses on his solo shows and private commissions.

Nick is a five-time Archibald finalist. His 2016 entry of Sudanese refugee lawyer Deng Adut was voted ‘People’s Choice’ to great critical acclaim and media attention. He has also been a two-time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. His portrait ‘Ugly – portrait of Robert Hoge’ won the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 Salon des Refusés, and that painting was a finalist in the 2015 BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He was also a finalist in the 2016 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize in Bega, NSW.

Robert Hoge is an Australian writer and friend of the artist. Hoge was born with a facial tumour and limited mobility; his autobiographical memoir Ugly traces the challenges he overcame while growing up and the many surgical procedures he endured. Stathopoulos says of the portrait: ‘I wanted to capture his intelligence, his defiance, his quiet dignity, and his suffering.’

Nick Stathopoulos, Ugly – Portrait of Robert Hoge, 2014, acrylic and oils on linen