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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.

Judy Cassab

The artist's diary

Previous exhibition
from Thursday 21 November 2013 until Monday 10 March 2014

The artist's diary profiles six decades of Cassab's work, from the early portrait commissions of the 1950s to later paintings that have helped confirm her eminent place in the canon of Australian portraiture.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab AO CBE. © Judy Cassab/Copyright Agency, 2021

Judy Cassab is among Australia's most successful portrait painters. Since arriving in Sydney from Europe in 1951, she has created numerous portraits - those commissioned by corporate leaders and social luminaries along with personal and intimate portrayals of family and friends - which collectively have resulted in a distinct and comprehensive record of Australian society and culture throughout the second half of the 20th century.

11 portraits

1 Judy Cassab, 1993 Greg Weight. © Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021. 2 Judy Cassab, 1984 Lewis Morley. © Lewis Morley Archive LLC. 3 Judy Cassab, 1991 Andrew Sibley. © Andrew Sibley/Copyright Agency, 2021. 4 Nancy Bird Walton, c. 1973 Judy Cassab AO CBE. © Judy Cassab/Copyright Agency, 2021.

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Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab
Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab
Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab
Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab

Flesh, figure and rock

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2018

Aimee Board traces Judy Cassab’s path to the Australian outback, arriving at the junction of inspiration and abstraction.

Vintage Cassab

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The oil portrait of Sir Frank Packer KBE by Judy Cassab was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

On train from New York to Memphis, July 4, 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer
On train from New York to Memphis, July 4, 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer
On train from New York to Memphis, July 4, 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer
On train from New York to Memphis, July 4, 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis At 21

Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

Previous exhibition, 2013

Elvis at 21 is a photographic exhibition capturing Elvis’ rise to fame in the year 1956, before security and money built walls between him and his fans.

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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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