ACT's David Seymour praises 'stunning, flattering' portrait bearing his likeness

A black-and-white artwork of David Seymour has been warmly received by its subject, the ACT Party leader praising the portrait as "stunning and flattering".

The drawing, featuring five of Seymour's facial expressions, was listed on Trade Me by Auckland-based artist Jason Hoyt for a starting price of $188.

When asked by Newshub if the artist had effectively captured his essence, the Epsom MP said the portrait bore a "stunning and flattering" likeness.

"Even better than the real thing," he gushed. 

"It's a very kind and sympathetic representation."

Seymour said he hopes the artwork, created with graphite pencil on A3 110-gsm paper and mounted in a wooden frame, will go for a higher price than its reserve. 

The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll, conducted and released late last month, had ACT polling at 6.3 percent of the vote - up by 3 points. Recent polling indicates the party will meet the 5 percent threshold required to make it into Parliament, with the latest TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll placing the party at 8 percent - a result that would give ACT up to 10 seats. 

According to the Newshub-Reid Research data, 37 percent of ACT voters in 2020 shifted from National, while 10 percent transitioned over from the Māori Party and Labour respectively. 

ACT's David Seymour praises 'stunning, flattering' portrait bearing his likeness
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