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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.

Electric!

Portraits that pop!

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

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Selected images

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Sir Robert May AC Kt, 1999 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland
Christine Manfield, 1997 Selina Snow. © Selina Snow
Acacius (Stigmata) - Tony Carden, 1991 AñA Wojak. © AñA Wojak
Nicole Kidman, c. 1980 Lewis Morley. © Lewis Morley Archive LLC
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland
Roslyn, 2016 Sally Ross. © Sally Ross
Me, 1992 Ken Done. © Ken Done
HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2002 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland. Reproduced courtesy of Polly Borland and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen. © Adam Cullen/Copyright Agency, 2021
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done. © Ken Done
Marcia Hines, c. 1981 Lewis Morley. © Lewis Morley Archive LLC
Ian Roberts (after Coypel 1709), 2003 Ross Watson. © Ross Watson
George Tjungurrayi, 2002 Matthys Gerber. © Matthÿs Gerber
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns. © Mitch Cairns
Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles. © Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Henry "Seaman" Dan, 2009 Nathan Kelly. © Nathan Kelly
Creatures of Leisure series (Greedy Smith), 1982 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Martin Plaza), 1982 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Peter O'Doherty), 1982 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (Reg Mombassa), 1982 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Professor Germaine Greer, 1999 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick
The golden girls: Jodie Henry, Lisbeth 'Libby' Trickett (née Lenton), Giaan Rooney, Alice Mills, Brooke Hanson, Leisel Jones, 2004 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick
Lleyton Hewitt, 1998 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick
Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche. © Robyn Beeche Foundation
Untitled #21/09 (after Ricci, 1700; featuring Matthew Mitcham), 2009 Ross Watson. © Ross Watson
Barry McDonald, 1997 Selina Snow. © Selina Snow
Neil Perry, 1997 Selina Snow. © Selina Snow
Stefano Manfredi, 1997 Selina Snow. © Selina Snow
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt AO. © Tracey Moffatt
Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Cathryn Fitzpatrick, 2006 Toni Wilkinson. © Toni Wilkinson
Anneliese Seubert, 1997 (printed 2014) Ingvar Kenne. © Ingvar Kenne
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth. © Matthew Sleeth
Bruce Petty, 2008
Video: 2 minutes
Johnny Warren Johnny Warren OAM MBE, 2008
Video: 3 minutes
Paul Kelly, 2013
Video: 8:54
Layne Beachley, 2008
Video: 11 minutes

Related information

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Collection: Icons

Volume One

Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol
Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Life and time

Portraits by Rod McNicol

Previous exhibition, 2015

Australian photographer Rod McNicol has consistently analysed the passing of time through the evidence of the photographic portrait. At once confronting and tender, McNicol’s portrait photographs are bold and intimate. 

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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.

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