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Nigel Milsom is an Australian painter.

Nigel Milsom
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
EducationUniversity of Newcastle (BA)
University of New South Wales (BFA Hons, MFA)
AwardsSulman Prize (2012)
Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2013)
Archibald Prize (2015)


Early lifeEdit

Milsom was born in 1975 in the southern New South Wales city of Albury. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at the University of Newcastle in 1998, and then undertook postgraduate studies at the College of Fine Arts of the University of New South Wales, gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 1999 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2002.[1]


His painting Judo house pt 6 (the white bird), a portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet, won the 2015 Archibald Prize.[2] In 2014 Milsom won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize for his painting. Uncle Paddy and in 2012 he won the Sulman Prize for his painting Judo House pt 4 (Golden mud).[3]

Gallery owner and art dealer Kerry Crowley described Milsom's work as "influenced by the nineteenth-century Japanese master Hokusai, Edward Hopper, white-on-white abstractionist Robert Ryman, Gerhard Richter, and Pop figurative painter Alex Katz."[4]

Criminal convictionEdit

In 2014, Milsom was convicted and sentenced to a maximum six-and-a-half years imprisonment for the April 2012 armed robbery, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, of a 7-Eleven in Glebe, an inner neighbourhood of Sydney.[3] The sentence was reduced on appeal to two years and four months’ imprisonment. Milsom was released from Cessnock Correctional Centre on parole in April 2015.[4]


  1. ^ "Nigel Milsom". Museum of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ Taylor, Andrew (17 July 2015). "Archibald Prize 2015: Nigel Milsom's portrait of Charles Waterstreet wins $100,000 prize". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Ralston, Nick (25 June 2014). "Winner of Australia's richest art prize Nigel Milsom set to be released from prison". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b Collins, Ben (17 July 2015). "How Nigel Milsom, who just won the $100,000 Archibald Prize, wound up in prison for robbery". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved 18 July 2015.