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Claus Stangl’s Portrait Of Taika Waititi Takes Out Archibald’s Packing Room Prize

The Archibald Prize is back for 2022, and we already have one of our winners.

Claus Stangl has taken out the Packing Room Prize for his portrait of director, writer, actor and producer Taika Waititi.

Waititi is known for his unique style of films, which include Boy (2010), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Jojo Rabbit (2019), the latter of which won him an Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay.

Speaking to the Art Gallery of NSW, which holds the annual portrait competition, Stangl said he wanted his portrait to capture “Taika’s sense of humour and to execute it in a playful cinematic style”.

“After sharing some concepts with Taika, we landed on the idea of making a 3D-style portrait using the reds and greens from retro cardboard glasses,” Stangl said.

“This piece is part portrait and part performance – an apt execution for a man who is as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it.”

This is the second time Stangl, who was born in the UK, has been a finalist at the Archies.