Two portraits of Craig McLachlan were late entries for this year's Bald Archy prize with the artists making comment on the recent scandal surrounding the actor at the last minute
Anthony Mitchell's Dr Rocky shows McLachlan dressed as Dr Frank n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show pinching a woman's bottom and Lesley Rosochodski's Which Doctor Would You Want to See? portrays McLachlan as both Frank n Furter and Dr Blake.
Bald Archy founder Peter Batey remembers getting a call from Rosochodski late in the piece asking how the Archies dealt with things like defamation.
"It was extraordinary how Lesley turned it around," Batey says,
"She's never entered before and was worried about how we deal with such things.
"I told her we work on the basis that we don't have censorship at all but anything that looks like it might break the law doesn't get in."
Not that Batey has had to make that decision too often in the history of the Bald Archies, which celebrate 25 years in 2018.
Over the years he's hung a penis-nosed Cardinal George Pell, Julian Assange urinating in Uncle Sam's top hat, a number of naked members of various royal families and one of his all-time favourites, John Howard Washes His Hands Of Pauline Hanson (Apologies To Manet) showing a reclining naked Hanson with a naked Howard cleaning up.
While the Bald Archies have long been held in something akin to contempt by the "art snobs", Batey says, the exhibition is always very popular.
Sara Hogwood, program director of the Watson Arts Centre, where the exhibition will open on February 8, says, "It's always great to hear people laughing in art galleries."
This year there's plenty to laugh at, and much to think about, among the 45 of the 60 finalists on display.
In 2017 Hanson featured in many of the portraits. This year she's not quite as visible, Batey says.
"Cory Bernardi and Tony Abbott were popular this year," he says.
"We actually decided not to hang too many of those."
He did hang Wendy Barling's Gollot, which is the scariest painting in the exhibition.
Others to make multiple appearances include Peter Dutton, Penny Wong and Malcolm Turnbull.
Same sex marriage was a popular topic. James Brennan's Penny Leading the Way is a take on Delacroix's Liberty leading the people, with a bare-chested, rainbow-flag waving Wong surrounded by Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe, Barnaby Joyce and Hanson, among others.
Judy Nadin's Two rights don't make a Wong shows Wong looking like the ominous James Bond villain Blofeld, complete with hairless cat, in front of Abbott and Bernardi resplendent in wedding dresses.
Non politicians to make an appearance include Anh Do, Jimmy Barnes, Barry Humphries, cricketer Steve Smith, radio stars Hamish and Andy and comedians Brian Dawe and the late John Clarke, who appear as Jesus Christ.
The Bald Archy Art Prize will run at the Watson Arts Centre until March 12 before heading to Sydney for a run at the Sofitel Darling Harbor Hotel, where Batey's sulphur-crested cockatoo Maude will choose the winner on March 20.
There is also a Best of the Bald Archies exhibition running in Wagga until May 13 at the Museum of the Riverina's Historic Council Chambers site.
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