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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.

Beauty and strength

Portraits by Michael Riley

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 22 March until Sunday 17 August 2014
Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley. © Michael Riley/Copyright Agency, 2021

Influential Indigenous Australian artist Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) created these portrait photographs between 1984 and 1990 - they stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment.

15 portraits

1 Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013). 2 Darrell, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013). 3 Kristina, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1984 (printed 2013). 4 Linda and Binni, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1984 (printed 2013). All Michael Riley. © Michael Riley/Copyright Agency, 2021.

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Michael Riley

Dr Christopher Chapman (curator)

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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.

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