Nigel Brennan sits for his preliminary portrait with local artist Dave Machen, who will enter the painting in the Archibald Prize this year.  Photo: Max Fleet art1102d
Nigel Brennan sits for his preliminary portrait with local artist Dave Machen, who will enter the painting in the Archibald Prize this year.  Photo: Max Fleet art1102d

Nigel Brennan on canvas

THREE months after being released from his solitary captivity in Somalia, Nigel Brennan is learning to adjust to his new life.

The Bundaberg photojournalist said although he was starting to feel the pressure his new fame had brought, his freedom had led to opportunities beyond anything he could have imagined.

“Interesting doors have opened for me since I’ve come back — opportunities that I’d never have expected, like being chosen for an Archibald Prize portrait,” Mr Brennan said.

Bundaberg artist David Machen, who has been a finalist in the art prize several times, started the first sketches of Mr Brennan yesterday for a portrait to be entered in this year’s competition.

“Nigel has a presence about him, a certain strength, and he’s down to earth,” Mr Machen said.

Mr Brennan said he was humbled that Mr Machen wanted to paint his portrait.

“It’s an honour. Not that I’ve got the prettiest face, but I imagine he can do something about that,” he joked.

Read more about Nigel Brennan in the news.



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