Singer Diana Anaid having her portrait painted by artist Neil Liddell in Lismore. The completed work will be entered into the A
Singer Diana Anaid having her portrait painted by artist Neil Liddell in Lismore. The completed work will be entered into the A

Nimbin singer has a brush with fame

By Kimberley Smith news@northernstar.com.au SINGER-SONGWRITER Diana Anaid may have her bags packed for the bright lights of Los Angeles, but she still has time to support local artists from her home town of Nimbin.

Anaid was walking the streets of Nimbin when artist Neil Liddell approached the indie rock singer and asked if he could paint her for the 2008 Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards. Anaid said she was surprised Mr Liddell recognised her.

“I was wearing old flip flops with my hair in a scruffy bun. I was honoured by his offer and could not turn it down,” she said.

The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait and entries close on February 22.

“Mr Liddell is still working on the portrait and I can’t wait to see the finished product,” Anaid said.

The results of the Archibald Prize will be announced on March 7.

Anaid said it was a good opportunity for Mr Liddell to gain exposure, while she too could maintain the media spotlight while away in America at the International Folk Festival in Memphis.

Anaid said it was important local artists stuck together so every talent got an opportunity.

“There are too many talented artists in the hills of Nimbin going unnoticed,” she said.

Nimbin can safely claim two international success stories, with Mr Liddell also achieving exposure overseas with art galleries in both New York and London.

Last week was Anaid’s last performance before her journey to America in mid-February. After the folk festival, Anaid will be touring Los Angeles for two months before heading home just in time for MardiGrass.



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