We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Glenn Morgan The best loser

acrylic on board

142.5 x 140.4 cm

This painting tells the story of my father’s boxing match with the popular, charismatic Aboriginal elder Henry ‘Banjo’ Clarke in their youth. Banjo, who was a Gunditjmara man from south-west Victoria, was a very good boxer and three years older than Dad. It was a close match. After the final round, Banjo collapsed but won the fight on points. At the end of the night, Dad was presented with a trophy for the ‘best loser’.

Dad told me this story a couple of years before he died. He would say, ‘Bloody best loser, what a trophy to win!’ He would have a good laugh. My father really liked old Banjo.

Glenn Morgan, 2021