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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Balancing Act, 2019

Vincent Fantauzzo

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Wayne Blair's life has always been a balancing act – from high level sports to Indigenous dancing, before pursuing his passion for film-making as a highly acclaimed writer, director and actor. Wayne inspires, leads and influences. He's hard-working and funny, and his conviction is unparalleled. His peers and audience find these traits positive and infectious, and they make him arguably one of the most prolific artists of our time. He is a friend – one I feel honoured to have. On a more personal level, I find Wayne very intriguing. His honesty and his genuine love of people and storytelling comes from deep within. It’s in his soul. Something that can’t be learned. A gift.

People's Choice Award

Darling Portrait Prize

Voting closes Sunday 26 April 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.