Skip to main content
Menu

Sketch on airline refuse bag #4

by Nicholas Harding

ink on paper
Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins

Residents of Sydney, Harding and his wife Lynne Watkins travel repeatedly to the north coast of New South Wales, and often visit other places he’s keen to paint, such as the Flinders Ranges. In recent years, too, they’ve made many overseas trips, usually to see art galleries and particular exhibitions. While flying, Harding’s made scores of furtive drawings of his fellow passengers. They vividly evoke the alternate cosiness and tedium of air travel, as well as its occasional passages of nausea. The young man in close-up profile on the Jetstar bag is Harding’s son, Sam, whom his father’s been drawing since birth.

© National Portrait Gallery 2019
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196
The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which the NPG stands.