Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE (1929 - 2014) is a composer, born in Launceston, Tasmania, and educated in Melbourne and Oxford. He began composing at the age of 20, encouraged by the conductor and teacher Sir Bernard Heinze. Since 1963, he has taught composition at Sydney University. His major works include Sun Music 1 (1963), Sun Music Ballet (1968) and Rites of Passage (1974). Later works have been influenced by Balinese gamelan pieces and music of the Pacific. Sculthorpe's compositions have been described as 'showing an appreciation of the Australian landscape long understood by painters', and this photograph was taken near the home of the composer's painter friend, Russell Drysdale, at Tallow Beach north of Sydney.
Accession number: 1998.17
More about the artist and subject
Magazine article, Portrait 40
Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.
To celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery has created a feature exhibition of portraits and associated biographic material drawn from the National Portrait Gallery and the composer’s personal collection.
Magazine article, Portrait 21
The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.
Magazine article, Portrait 14
Eric Smith describes the agony and finally the ecstasy of winning the 1982 Archibald Prize with the portrait of Peter Sculthorpe.
Magazine article, Portrait 2
A Captured Moment
The acquisition of David Moore's archive of portrait photographs for the National Portrait Gallery's collection.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.