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Portrait of Brendan Nelson, 2019

Todd Simpson

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Dr Brendan Nelson AO is a public figure, politician and physician. He has served as Director of the Australian War Memorial; Australia’s Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, Luxembourg and NATO; Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Party; Minister for Defence; Minister for Education, Science and Training; and President of the Australian Medical Association. Over the course of his portrait sitting, Brendan struck me as someone with a deep sense of service and love of country. He epitomises all those individuals in public life who have lived lives in the service of others, and are motivated by a genuine desire to effect positive change.

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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.