(; born 1963 in Sydney
, New South Wales
) is an Australian portrait
In 1999, Ploeg's painting of actress Deborah Mailman
painted on wool bales was hung in the Archibald Prize, and won the People's Choice Award., National Portrait Gallery
. In 2000, his painting of athlete Louise Sauvage
was hung in the Archibald Prize.
He won the Packing Room Award in 2004, with a portrait of Jana Wendt
., Art Gallery of New South Wales
, 18 March 2004. He is also known for his controversial painting of the Bananas in Pyjamas
television characters which was deemed ineligible by the trustees because it was not a painting of a person, although he had painted it from the characters in life.
He has also entered paintings to the Archibald Prize of singer Ben Lee
, fashion identity Peter Morrissey and actor Richard Roxburgh
In 2007, he won the People's Choice Award at the Archibald, with his painting of conductor and musical director George Ellis
., Herald Sun
, 2 May 2007.