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Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition
from Friday 6 May until Sunday 12 June 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years.

Akira Isogawa
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan. © Peter Brew-Bevan

During his short yet prolific career, Brew-Bevan has amassed an impressive portfolio of portraits of actors, sports people, celebrities and fashion designers prominent in contemporary Australian life. The exhibition Portraits to be held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is a selection of twelve images drawn from his extensive archive.

‘For the National Portrait Gallery, photographic portraits featured in magazines have been, and remain, of long-standing interest. Magazines are a pervasive medium for placing images of people before us in everyday life. Peter Brew-Bevan’s work in this field demonstrates a capacity to come up with a fresh look without resorting to over-stated gimmickry’, said Director of the Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sayers.

Peter’s practice draws on his formal art background, giving his images a very distinctive ‘painterly’ quality - strongly demonstrated in one of his most recognizable portraits, that of actor Naomi Watts.

The photographic portraits that Brew-Bevan constructs are immediately arresting and thought-provoking with an elegant quality.

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years. During his short yet prolific career, Brew-Bevan has amassed an impressive portfolio of portraits of actors, sports people, celebrities and fashion designers prominent in contemporary Australian life. The exhibition Portraits to be held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is a selection of twelve images drawn from his extensive archive.

6 portraits

1 George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001). 2 Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001). 3 Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001). All Peter Brew-Bevan. © Peter Brew-Bevan.

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