A portrait of Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes has taken out the Archibald Packing Room Prize.
A portrait of Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes has taken out the Archibald Packing Room Prize. Jamie Preisz/Art Gallery of NSW

Jimmy Barnes portrait wins Packing Room Prize

HE'S the working-class man portrayed for the "everyday visitor".

A portrait of Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes, painted by Sydney artist Jamie Preisz, has claimed this year's Archibald Packing Room Prize.

A first-time winner, Preisz said it was an easy decision to paint the "iconic" rocker.

"(Barnes') not just a rock musician, he's a part of the cultural fabric of Australia," he told ABC News.

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And it seemed to be a viewpoint that resonated with both audiences and judges alike, with the Packing Room Prize often seen to be more in tune with public opinion.

Archibald curator Anne Ryan said the prize "more akin" to the untrained eye while first-time head packer, and majority judge, Brett Cuthbertson said the winning piece was the only "contender".

"To be honest, when the work arrived, I'd just been asked by a journalist who I'd like to see painted this year. Fair dinkum, I said Barnsey would be great," Cuthbertson told ABC News.

"By the final day of submissions, it was still the only contender for me."

Priesz, who claimed $1,500 for his efforts, dedicated his win to his sister, Bella, who recently took her own life.

The Packing Room Prize kick-starts the Archibald season with the headline act, the Archibald Prize, to be announced next Friday.

You can discover all the finalists for the prestigious award here



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