Painting of leaking Julian Assange wins Bald Archy

A PAINTING of Julian Assange taking a leak has won this year’s Bald Archy prize.

The caricature by French artist Xavier Ghazi portrays the WikiLeaks founder with his trousers around his ankles, urinating into a top hat with the US flag on it.

Bad Ass...ange, by Xavier Ghazi

Bad Ass…ange, by Xavier Ghazi. Bald Archys 2011. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

The Bald Archy – a parody of the Archibald Prize for portraiture – is a competition of humorous works of art, making fun of Australian celebrities and politicians.

The exhibition and prize is advertised as the only one in the world judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude.

There were 46 finalists in this year’s competition, with “the two Jules”, Julia Gillard and Julian Assange dominating the competition, founder Peter Batey said at the announcement in Sydney today.

Ghazi, 60, said he had first thought of calling his painting Pissing Off The Empire.

“Having a leak in Uncle Sam’s hat is pissing off the empire,” he said.

“It’s not as much about the US as it is about global power and instruments of domination.”

It was Ghazi’s fourth time to win the $5000 prize, now in its 18th year.

He said the win was particularly meaningful to him as he has had “a horrible three or four past years”.

“Professionally I lost my teaching jobs, I lost my job for a newspaper I used to work with and I’m turning blind in my right eye,” he said.

Along with Assange and Gillard, NSW former premier Kristina Keneally, Federal MP Bob Katter and Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke were all caricatured.

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