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Artist gives his all to portraits
Tim Patch painting a portrait
Mr Patch videotapes his work to dispel doubters
An Australian artist-turned-builder has finally found fame by painting portraits with his penis.

Tim Patch, 56, took up the unusual technique at a Christmas party, but now charges A$300 (125) per portrait.

Mr Patch, who now prefers the name Pricasso, was the main attraction at Thursday's opening of an adult entertainment exhibition in Sydney.

"I still do a bit of building to subsidise my meagre income as a struggling artist," he told AFP.

Mr Patch, a father of four, studied furniture design after he failed to get on a fine arts course.

But his artistic career revived earlier this year, and he now performs in silver hat and cape.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald that he videotaped his work because people did not believe he was genuine.

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