Paul Jackson for his portrait of Garry McDonald 'All the world's a stage...' wins the People's Choice for the 2006 Archibald Prize.
This year over 38,000 people voted in the People's Choice for the Archibald Prize and their favourite was Paul Jackson's portrait of Garry McDonald ‘All the World's a Stage'. To date 110,000 people have visited the 2006 Archibald Prize. In the 18 years since the People's Choice was first awarded, the prize has only twice coincided with the judges' decision.
Paul Jackson's portrait of ever-popular Garry McDonald represents an actor in full flight and also his battle with depression. Jackson depicts the actor and two of his famous characters: Arthur Beare from the TV series Mother and Son and Norman Gunston.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1950, Jackson came to Australia in 1976 and lives in Sydney. He has been exhibiting regularly since 1969 in New Zealand and Australia in both solo and group exhibitions. This is his fifth time as an Archibald finalist. His work is represented in public gallery collections in New Zealand and in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. Paul will receive $2,500 and a $1,000 Myer gift card for winning the People's Choice. Each year a voter for the Archibald painting which receives the most votes is selected to win $2,500. The lucky winner is Claire Leyten from Killara who voted for Paul Jackson's portrait of Garry McDonald.