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Self-portrait #5

Paul Newton

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

In this self-portrait I’ve tried to work in a very intuitive and spontaneous way, essentially letting the painting tell me what I needed to do at each stage of the process. I painted the whole thing very quickly – in just six hours – but then spent months refining it. During this time the challenge was to avoid overworking the painting; I wanted to maintain the freshness and looseness of a sketch. This is the fifth self-portrait I have painted, and I always find the process very liberating as there are no constraints or expectations.

Related information

Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes

David Campese by Paul Newton

Portrait story

An interview with Paul Newton, the creator of the portrait of rugby legend David Campese.

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Inspiration + Realisation: John Singer Sargent

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Katherine Russell examines the art of Australian artist Paul Newton, referencing the portraiture of John Singer Sargent.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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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.