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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.

Making Portraits

Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

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Selected images

Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant
Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant. © Ivan Durrant/Copyright Agency, 2020
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti & Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti & Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1999 Kerrie Lester
Cathy Freeman, 1999 Kerrie Lester. © Kerrie Lester/Copyright Agency, 2020
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis. © Josonia Palaitis/Copyright Agency, 2020
Mark Taylor, 1999 Bill Leak
Mark Taylor, 1999 Bill Leak. © Estate of Bill Leak
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley. © Estate of Howard Arkley. Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art.
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson. © Bill Henson
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 Victorian Tapestry Workshop
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 Victorian Tapestry Workshop. © Australian Tapestry Workshop
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1, 2001 Brent Harris
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1, 2001 Brent Harris. © Brent Harris
Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield, 2001 Brent Harris
Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield, 2001 Brent Harris. © Brent Harris
Leo Schofield, 2001 Brent Harris
Leo Schofield, 2001 Brent Harris. © Brent Harris
Imelda Roche, 2003 Paul Newton
Imelda Roche, 2003 Paul Newton. © Paul Newton
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly. © Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly. © Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly. © Andrew Daly
General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin
General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin. © Commonwealth of Australia
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin. © Commonwealth of Australia
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin. © Commonwealth of Australia
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 Gabrielle Martin. © Commonwealth of Australia
Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly
Betty Cuthbert, 2002 Andrew Daly. © Andrew Daly
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002 Tim Johnson
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002 Tim Johnson. © Tim Johnson
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 Mary Moore
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 Mary Moore. © Mary Moore
Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen. © Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen. © Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen. © Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #4 Broadhead and wing pattern, 2001 eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. Test #4 Broadhead and wing pattern, 2001 eX de Medici. © eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #2 Ranger 3 pit mine Kakadu, N.T., 2001 eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. Test #2 Ranger 3 pit mine Kakadu, N.T., 2001 eX de Medici. © eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #1 Ranger 3 pit mine Kakadu, N.T., 2001 eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. Test #1 Ranger 3 pit mine Kakadu, N.T., 2001 eX de Medici. © eX de Medici
Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground, 2001 eX de Medici
Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground, 2001 eX de Medici. © eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  M.O. Ranger 3, 2001 eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. M.O. Ranger 3, 2001 eX de Medici. © eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. 'Come + see the real thing, come + see' Conquistadors parts Hong. Ranger 3, 2001 eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. 'Come + see the real thing, come + see' Conquistadors parts Hong. Ranger 3, 2001 eX de Medici. © eX de Medici
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey. © Robyn Stacey
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003 Ah Xian
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003 Ah Xian. © Ah Xian

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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.