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Which TV Stars Portraits Won The Archibald Packer's Prize?

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He's developed a cult following for his culinary prowess and now celebrity chef George Calombaris is featured in an Archibald Packing Room Prize winner.

Painted by Adelaide-born Melbourne artist Betina Fauvel-Ogden, the portrait of the cooking personality dressed in his white chef garb and apron took out the annual award.

Her debut Archibald piece, one of 51 works in contention for the main prize, was picked by NSW gallery staff who unpack and hang the entries.

A self-confessed MasterChef tragic, Fauvel-Ogden told AAP she pursued the television personality for eight months.

It then took six weeks and three sittings to create the finished product.



"I know George is so busy but I kept trying and trying," she said.

"I just went for it and somehow a little magic happened. "I kept the lighting simple and focused on capturing the determination in his eyes."

Calombaris said it was an honour to be the subject of another person's creative endeavour, but admitted it was a little difficult to stay still for hours on end.

"It was a blessing to stand there and watch this incredible artist produce something like that," he said.

The Packing Prize Room winner has never taken out the main Archibald Prize, which will be announced on July 15.

Other works in the running include portraits of comedian Barry Humphries and artist Wendy Whitely.

Indigenous Australian model Sam Harris and former South Sudanese child soldier Deng Adut, now a criminal lawyer, are also featured.


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