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Images: 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. The exhibition features all works commissioned since the opening of the Gallery in 1998 and draws attention to the highly charged creative process of collaboration between artist and subject.

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Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 by Ivan Durrant
Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 by Ivan Durrant
Andy Thomas, 2002 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1999 by Kerrie Lester
Cathy Freeman, 1999 by Kerrie Lester
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 by Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 by Josonia Palaitis
Mark Taylor, 1999 by Bill Leak
Mark Taylor, 1999 by Bill Leak
Nick Cave, 1999 by Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 by Howard Arkley
Simone Young, 2002 by Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 by Bill Henson
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 by Victorian Tapestry Workshop
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 by Victorian Tapestry Workshop
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1, 2001 by Brent Harris
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1, 2001 by Brent Harris
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Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield, 2001 by Brent Harris
Leo Schofield, 2001 by Brent Harris
Leo Schofield, 2001 by Brent Harris
Imelda Roche, 2003 by Paul Newton
Imelda Roche, 2003 by Paul Newton
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Preparatory study for Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Preparatory study for General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001 by Gabrielle Martin
Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Betty Cuthbert, 2002 by Andrew Daly
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 by Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 by Rick Amor
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002 by Tim Johnson
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002 by Tim Johnson
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 by Mary Moore
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 by Mary Moore
Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 by Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 by Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 by Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 by Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 by Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 by Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  Test #4 Broadhead and wing pattern, 2001 by eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. Test #4 Broadhead and wing pattern, 2001 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by eX de Medici
Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground, 2001 by eX de Medici
Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground, 2001 by eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'.  M.O. Ranger 3, 2001 by eX de Medici
Preparatory study for 'Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground'. M.O. Ranger 3, 2001 by 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 by 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 by eX de Medici
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 by Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 by Robyn Stacey
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003 by Ah Xian
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003 by Ah Xian