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On display in Gallery Six

Tim Fairfax Gallery

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

The Tim Fairfax Gallery documents the flourishing of social and cultural diversity in Australia during the second half of the twentieth century. Introducing the work of some of the most notable Australian artists of the post-war period – among them Fred Williams, John Brack, and Sidney Nolan – this gallery also includes paintings by artists such as Judy Cassab, Clifton Pugh, Robert Hannaford and others who attained a preeminent place in Australian portraiture from the 1960s onwards. Of particular interest in this gallery too are portraits signifying the vigour of protest and activism in this era – such as Harold Thornton’s monumental 1983 depiction of environmentalist Bob Brown – and portraits of those who were leaders in the struggle for Aboriginal rights, including Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Faith Bandler, Eddie Mabo, Charles Perkins and Neville Bonner. Proving the breadth and complexity of Australian society and culture since World War Two, in this gallery one can also experience portraits of business people, scientists, and High Court justices alongside sporting legends – Don Bradman, Ron Barassi, Betty Cuthbert, Lionel Rose, Rod Laver or Ken Rosewall – and arts icons like Joan Sutherland, Peter Sculthorpe and Barry Humphries.

1Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996 Gordon Bennett. 2Dorothy Porter, 2001-02 Rick Amor.

Tim Fairfax AC is one of Australia’s most distinguished philanthropists and a major supporter of the visual arts. A former Chair of the Gallery’s Board, he has contributed substantially to the development of the Collection through funds enabling the acquisition of significant works, including self-portraits by John Brack and Tracey Moffatt.

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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.