5 November 2015
Melbourne resident Warren Crossett has won the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, scooping the world's richest portraiture prize on his very first attempt.
Crossett is a commercial artist, illustrator of children's books and a teacher, and has never entered an art competition previously. His work was selected from 900 entries for Doug Moran award.
The winning work, titled Self Portrait After St Jerome Flanders, depicts Crossett as the fourth century saint. Based on a 16th-century Flemish work at the National Gallery of Victoria, it features the artist in contemplation at a desk, gesturing towards an unopened letter. The portrait, based on scripture from Corinthians, is deeply allegorical, although Crossett prefers to leave its meaning ambiguous.
Other Victorian finalists for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize included Harley Manifold and Vincent Fantauzzo.