The future of Anh’s Brush with Fame was called into question this week as presenter Do’s artistic methods came under scrutiny.
According to the industry website TV Black Box, the 44-year-old has faced more backlash from viewers who believe his works of art are prepared prior to filming, and in some cases are not entirely his own work.
Do is no stranger to fans who question the legitimacy of his ABC program — which claims to show the comedian painting his interview topics over several hours in a single meeting.
Controversy brush: how Anh Do, 44, (pictured) was caught preparing a portrait of Kylie Kwong BEFORE their sit-down interview… while ‘threatening to quit the show for being criticized for his methods’
In 2019, fans were stunned after they noticed a continuity error during Do’s interview with celebrity chef Kylie Kwong.
As she sat, Kwong wore distinctive round glasses, but Do’s completed painting depicted her wearing square-framed glasses.
This caused confusion among viewers, with one viewer writing: ‘Kylie Kwong on Anh’s Brush with Fame last night was great, but [I’m] so confused by what happened to her glasses.’
hmm! In 2019, fans were stunned after they noticed a continuity error during Do’s interview with celebrity chef Kylie Kwong. Pictured: Kylie Kwon
What is happening? The finished painting showed Kylie wearing square-frame glasses (left). During her entire sitting she had on round glasses (right)
Gaffe: The editing gaffe didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter, with one fan writing: ‘Kylie Kwong on Anh’s Brush with Fame last night was amazing but so confused by what happened to her glasses’
Another person tweeted: ‘Wondered why Anh didn’t paint the same glasses Kylie Kwong wore’ [during her interview]?’
A third fan wrote: ‘What happened to Kylie Kwong’s glasses between interview and portrait? Square on painting, round on face. But again a nice interview.’
However, Kylie’s portrait appeared to be based on a professional photo taken ten years ago for Dumbo Veer magazine.
Format: The premise of Anh’s Brush with Fame is that Anh Do (pictured) paints his interview topic over the course of several hours during a single session
“What happened between interview and portrait with Kylie Kwong’s glasses?” Viewers flocked to Twitter (above) to express their confusion over the continuity error
As first observed by TV Black Box, the 2012 photo of photographer Toby Burrows shows Kylie wearing the same square glasses as in Anh’s portrait.
At the time, an ABC spokesperson explained that “painting sessions are conducted over several hours on a closed set” and that Anh sometimes uses additional photos to “make his subjects relax and talk.”
It comes amid rumors that Do is “refusing to sign up for another series” of Anh’s Brush with Fame, after an ABC statement confirmed that the seventh season is not yet locked in.
Misleading: However, Kylie’s portrait appeared to be based on a professional photo taken ten years ago for Dumbo Feather magazine. In the photo: Anh and Kylie
TV Blackbox has reported that the “social media response” to Do’s “processing and completed artwork” is one of the reasons he wants to walk away.
Earlier this month, Do clarified that he paints the celebrity portraits featured in his acclaimed interview series.
Answering questions from The Sydney Morning Herald Do said, “It’s all my own work.”
Controversy: It comes amid rumors that Do “refuses to sign up for another series” of Anh’s Brush with Fame, after an ABC statement confirmed that the seventh season has not yet concluded. Pictured here with singer Guy Sebastian
He went on to reveal that prior to the interview, he prepares “studies,” which are created from photographs of his subjects.
Those studies can be used for final work when he has an “off day” and does not finish work during the interview that he is happy with.
However, does have ‘help’ from his teacher, New Zealand-born artist Paul Ryan, an accomplished portrait artist and 13-time Archibald finalist.
Control: TV Blackbox has reported that the “social media response” to Do’s “processing and completed artwork” is one of the reasons he wants to walk away. Shown here with his portrait of Marcia Hines
Help: Do have ‘help’ from his teacher, New Zealand-born artist Paul Ryan (pictured), an accomplished portrait artist and 13-time Archibald finalist
Ryan confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald that he is assisting with the early stages of the portraits being taken.
“Yes, that’s true, but Anh is a little reluctant to reveal how it all works. He doesn’t like me talking about it,” he told the newspaper.
“And he turned me down when I asked for a consultant’s credit for the show, even though every other asshole involved gets one,” he added.
Helping hand: Ryan confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald this month that he is helping in the early stages of the portraits being taken. Do is pictured with model and author Tara Moss
The publication claimed that Do Ryan’s contribution to the show “weakened” and said he had simply sought “advice” from his fellow performer.
“I think he might be taking a little too much credit,” Do said.
On Wednesday, Do confirmed to: The Daily Telegraph that although he very much wants to sign for a seventh series, he cannot do it immediately due to other work commitments – writing children’s books.
Answer: On Wednesday, Do confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that while he is very eager to sign for a seventh series, he cannot do so immediately due to other work commitments – writing children’s books.
“This year I’m just so under the pump to meet the book deadline, so I just told the ABC I can’t commit to anything right away, but I love the show,” he told the publication.
Anh has a publishing deal with Allen and Unwin, where he has been awarded a contract to write 50 children’s books over the next three years.
“If the writing workload can be reduced, I’d be happy to come back and do some more,” he added.
“The ABC wants another series and I would like to make another series, only I’m snowed under with my book commitments, which I enjoy very much.”
An ABC spokesperson confirmed the publication: ‘We are still in talks with’ [production company] Screentime and we have yet to capture the next series of Anh Do’s Brush with Fame. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more news.’
End of an era? Anh has a publishing deal with Allen and Unwin, where he has been awarded a contract to write 50 children’s books over the next three years. Do is pictured with TV vet Dr Harry Cooper