Tony Abbott
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While some in artistic circles were surprised by Tony Abbott’s choice of cartoonist Johannes Leak to paint his prime ministerial portrait, the rest of the nation just sighed. Culture wars are waged on many battlefields and portraiture is but another.

But this was a missed opportunity to shine a light on any number of artists while still giving Australians a vision of Abbott they’ll never forget.

Here are a few of Crikey's suggestions for a portrait artist.