His portrait, of his own barrister, Charles Waterstreet, was the winner with the judges at this year's prestigious Archibald Prize.
Milsom, who is an extraordinary painter, is not a stranger to the awards circuit. In 2013, his portrait of Uncle Paddy, took home the main prize at the Moran prize, another prestigious portraiture prize in Australia, and in 2012, just weeks before holding up a 7-11 store in Sydney (high on ice, heroin and prescription drugs and armed with a knife, an axe and a fake gun) Milsom won the Sulman Prize. The Sulman is yet another prize for painters in Australia but with a variety of categories that are considered and awarded.
Before the events of 2012 unfolded, Nigel Milsom could have been any one of Australia's most promising artists dealing with depression and mental illness. Unfortunately in his case, adding illicit drugs into the mix brought about a swift and appalling fall from grace, which by all accounts he seems to have now overcome.
In a reasonably recent interview, Milsom credited his time in prison with having given him the tools to address his mental illness and what he refers to as being the sickness that came with his drug addiction: an affliction which effectively compromised his values and his ability to keep life events in perspective.
There's a bit of footage here of Milsom being awarded the prize and some reflection on larger than life Waterstreet. Congratulations.