Mr Walker

Kordelya Zhansui Chi2010

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Cricket legend Max Walker - who died in 2016, aged 68 - pulled on the baggy green for Australia in 34 Test matches between 1973 and 1981. His idiosyncratic bowling style led to his nickname, Tangles.

With a larrikin charm and an immediately recognisable voice, he later became a much-loved sports commentator as well as a bestselling author.

Fewer people remember that he also played Australian Rules football, racking up 94 senior games with the Melbourne Football Club between 1967 and 1972.

Artist Kordelya Zhansui Chi painted Walker for the 2010 Archibald Prize. ‘In person, Max often surprises people,’ she said. ‘Many don’t realise he is so tall and broad.’ Chi also remarked on ‘his twinkling eyes, the nose that has been broken many times in sporting events, the smooth skin and distinguished white hair.’ But it was, unsurprisingly, his smile that captured her attention.


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