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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.

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Arcadia

Sound of the sea

Previous exhibition from Thursday 14 August 2014 until Sunday 19 October 2014
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nigel Coates and Murray Smith, WA, 1972 by John Witzig
Nigel Coates and Murray Smith, WA, 1972 by John Witzig
Ted at Bells Beach, 1971 by John Witzig
Ted at Bells Beach, 1971 by John Witzig
Bells steps, c. 1975 by John Witzig
Bells steps, c. 1975 by John Witzig
Prevelly Park (Geoff Sedovic and Nigel Coates), 1971 by John Witzig
Prevelly Park (Geoff Sedovic and Nigel Coates), 1971 by John Witzig
Dogs at Cactus, 1975 by John Witzig
Dogs at Cactus, 1975 by John Witzig
Wayne Lynch at Possum Creek, 1969 by John Witzig
Wayne Lynch at Possum Creek, 1969 by John Witzig
Pandanus scrub, 2014 by Nicholas Harding
Pandanus scrub, 2014 by Nicholas Harding

‘By simply surfing we are supporting the revolution.’ - Nat Young.

Arcadia is an exhibition of lyrical, richly-textured photographs by John Witzig, co-founder of Tracks magazine and founder of SeaNotes, with huge ink drawings by Nicholas Harding and psychedelic film footage by Albert Falzon. Imbued with a Romantic conception of the awesome and spiritually restorative force of the sea, it expresses the free-spirited, revolutionary character of a group of young and perfectly-formed Australian surfers in the early 1970s.

John Witzig's Arcadia: a chat in the photography studio
Video: 5 minutes 41 seconds

11 portraits

1Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish), 1969 (reprinted 2011) John Witzig. © John Witzig. 2Mark Richards, 1976 John Witzig. © John Witzig. 3Nat Young, c. 1968 Albert Falzon. © Albert Falzon.

Related people

Nat Young

John Witzig

Dr Sarah Engledow (curator)

Related information

Arcadia learning resource

Learning resources

This resource has relevance to Australian History, Sport, Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, English and Visual Arts and is recommended for Years 9-12.

Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nat Young portrait story video: 2 minutes

Nat Young

'How to be a surfing legend'

Portrait story

Albert Falzon's photograph of Australian surfer Nat Young captures what it is to be a surfing hero.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding

28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Rick Amor

21 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

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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.