Skip to main content

The National Portrait Gallery is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Menu

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.

The love, life and art of Bazmark

It began with a four-hour interview for a design job, and blossomed into a personal partnership and creative collaboration of over 30 years (and counting), reaping numerous awards including four Oscars for costume/set design.

1 Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006) Douglas Kirkland. © Douglas Kirkland. 2 Baz Luhrmann, 1987 (printed 2012) Michele Aboud. © Michele Aboud.

The sparks first flew in the late 1980s. Recent National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) graduate, director Baz Luhrmann, was after creatives to join his new production team, while NIDA design student Catherine Martin was looking for work. ‘The profound romantic connection with her was both present and visceral for me from the beginning ... we were kind of inseparable’, Luhrmann recalled in 2014. The director’s exuberance meshed perfectly with Martin’s intense, imaginative vision – traits captured in these photographic portraits by Michele Aboud and Douglas Kirkland. The Australian Opera’s acclaimed La Bohème; beloved Australian cinema classic Strictly Ballroom; and international blockbusters Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby feature among the creative achievements of the luminous Luhrmann-Martin union.

That’s one to get your heart started! You are 9 stories away from seeing your love score...

Choose your next love story

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

The Gallery

Visit us, learn with us, support us or work with us! Here’s a range of information about planning your visit, our history and more!

The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night

Support your Portrait Gallery

We depend on your support to keep creating our programs, exhibitions, publications and building the amazing portrait collection!

Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery

Plan your visit

Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

© National Portrait Gallery 2021
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency