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Johnson Pilton Walker

Sydney-based practice Johnson Pilton Walker designed the new National Portrait Gallery building.

Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,. Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,. 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne

The design of the Gallery is defined by human scale and responds to the natural environment in which the building is sited, particularly Canberra’s unique natural light. For the exhibition, the team have created an installation centred on the actual table used to design the building from competition to completion.

Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009
by Ingvar Kenne

‘We wanted to convey the transformation of a space during a day and night and incorporate the portrait of each architect’ says Ingvar Kenne. ‘Each one of them was asked to turn up in the clothes they wanted to wear and where they appeared in the frame was dictated by the moment rather than being planned. We were excited having the opportunity to photograph them in the space they designed, knowing that these portraits would end up hanging inside the same space during the exhibition.’ These are the first commissioned portraits created in the National Portrait Gallery.

8 portraits

1 . Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 All by Ingvar Kenne.

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Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne

Portraits + Architecture

Previous exhibition, 2009

This exhibition explores creative process and identity.

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

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