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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

John Schaeffer AO

1940–2020

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mr John Schaeffer AO. John died as a result of a tragic accident in Sydney.

John has made a significant contribution to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia since the Gallery’s inception. He was a Founding Benefactor, and was on the Gallery’s Board from 2000 to 2005.

John’s belief in and commitment to the NPGA was reflected through his significant and generous benefaction. His generosity also included the donation of an exceptional artwork from his own collection. A portrait of John by Evert Ploeg is also in our collection.

Our hearts are heavy with grief. We extend our deepest sympathy to Bettina Dalton and to all other members of John’s family.

John has left an extraordinary legacy to the people of Australia through his passion, commitment and dedication to advancing the arts in Australia.

Karen Quinlan AM (Director)
Dr Helen Nugent AO (Board Chairman)
Sid Myer AM (Foundation Chairman)

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The Portraits

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

The collection

Our growing collection consists of representations of individuals who have influenced or contributed to the shaping of Australia as a nation and a society.

Rob Palmer has won the thirteenth National Photographic Portrait Prize with his portrait of chef Josh Niland, titled The mahi-mahi, 2019.

Anthea da Silva has won the inaugural $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize with her painting of the ‘high priestess’ of Australian contemporary dance, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM.

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Published quarterly, Portrait is the preeminent journal of Australian and international portraiture. Articles from previous issues are available online to read in full.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.