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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.

Jenny Sages

Paths to Portraiture

The exhibition Sages examines the process of portrait making through four large-scale portraits of women by Jenny Sages, paired with intimate preparatory drawings.

More information on Jenny Sages

Selected images

True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Jenny Sages video: 12 minutes 27 seconds
Jenny Sages Paths to Portraiture
Video: 12 minutes 27 seconds
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Study for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Study (b) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study (b) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study (a) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study (a) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study of female ballet dancers, 2007 Jenny Sages
Study of female ballet dancers, 2007 Jenny Sages
Study (c) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study (c) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study (d) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study (d) for portrait of Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
Study of male ballet dancers standing in a line, 2007 Jenny Sages
Study of male ballet dancers standing in a line, 2007 Jenny Sages
Study of a pair of ballet dancers, 2007 Jenny Sages
Study of a pair of ballet dancers, 2007 Jenny Sages

Related information

Paths to Portraiture learning resource
Paths to Portraiture learning resource
Paths to Portraiture learning resource
Paths to Portraiture learning resource

Jenny Sages

Paths to Portraiture learning resource

Learning resources

This learning resource is for use in conjunction with the travelling exhibition and provides suggestions for teachers to use before, during and after the Gallery visit.

Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes

Kate Grenville

'Making Stories'

Portrait story

Australian writer Kate Grenville discusses her career and portrait by Jenny Sages.

Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000

Paths to portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

The life and art of Australian artist Jenny Sages is on display in the exhibition Paths to Portraiture.

Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages

Handing on the baton

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the life of ballerina Irina Baranova through the portrait by Australian artist Jenny Sages.

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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.