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Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

2011
Nicholas Harding

oil on canvas (frame: 142.5 cm x 203.0 cm, support: 138.0 cm x 199.0 cm)

Hugo Weaving AO (b. 1960) graduated from NIDA in 1981 and made his television debut in the 1984 series Bodyline. After appearing in Bangkok Hilton (1989) he won the AFI Best Actor Award for his performance in Proof (1991). Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) and Babe (1995) helped him to establish an international reputation. Between 1999 and 2003 he starred as Agent Smith in the blockbuster The Matrix and its two sequels. He played the elf-king Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and has since appeared in many film and theatre roles. Weaving first performed with the Sydney Theatre Company in 1982, and has worked on more than twenty of its productions.

Nicholas Harding and Weaving have known each other for many years. The artist has emphasised his famous friend's love of domesticity in this portrait, which includes his tea in a handmade cup and glimpses of a painting by his wife, a sculpture by his son and his daughter's ukulele. As Harding said in 2011: 'Hugo is a man of many horizons. I've sought to capture him in an unguarded, pensive moment, looking away to the garden outside to evoke a sense of privacy.'

Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012
© Nicholas Harding

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Artist and subject

Nicholas Harding (age 55 in 2011)

Hugo Weaving AO (age 51 in 2011)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Supported by

Mrs Sortiria Liangis AM (12 portraits supported)

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