The 2022 Archibald Prize people's choice award went to Jeremy Eden's portrait of Australian actor and cancer charity campaigner Samuel Johnson.

Eden, a Sydney-based artist, met Johnson for the first time via video in 2021, while the actor was recovering from a near-fatal car accident.

Eden then flew to Melbourne for a live sitting with Johnson.

Then he returned back to Sydney where he painted for up to six hours a day for 10 weeks to complete the portrait.

Both men shared the experience of losing close family members to cancer.

Johnson founded the cancer research organisation Love Your Sister with his late sister Connie, who died in 2017.

Eden was encouraged by Johnson to include his own story in the painting.

Johnson is pictured in the portrait with a picture of Eden's mother Annette, who passed away from cancer in 2008.

Johnson received the Order of Australia Medal in 2016 in recognition of his contributions to the performing arts and cancer research.

"Love Your Sister" has raised over $15 million for cancer research.

The Archibald Prize is an Australian portraiture art prize for painting.

It is widely regarded as Australia's most prestigious portrait prize.

 It was given for the first time in 1921 to William Beckwith McInnes for the portrait of Desbrowe-Annear.

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