Portrait paints Nic Nat in new light

Jerome Davenport with his portrait of AFL star Nic Naitanui.        Picture: Aston Van Eldik
Jerome Davenport with his portrait of AFL star Nic Naitanui.        Picture: Aston Van Eldik

JEROME Davenport has come a long way since his days of finger-painting at Glencoe Primary School.

The former Mandurah resident has received a lot of attention after he entered his portrait of West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui in the Archibald Prize.

While not a football fan, Mr Davenport said he wanted to paint Naitanui’s portrait because he “liked the bloke”.

It took four days to complete the portrait and Mr Davenport said he appreciated the amount of time the ruckman gave him.

“I’m an aerosol artist and put a lot of detail in with airbrushes,” Mr Davenport said.

“I really like the reaction people have when they see it… they enjoy it.”

A graduate of the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Mr Davenport has a studio in Subiaco and hopes his art will allow him to travel the world.