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Portrait 20

June - August 2006

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Dame Nellie Melba and Frances Alda, Leigh Bowery, Karin Catt, Sidney Nolan and more.

Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin
Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin
Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin

Bewitching

by Roger Neill

Roger Neill delves into the life of a lesser-known Australian diva, Frances Alda.

JK Rowling, 2005
JK Rowling, 2005
JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

by Sandy Nairne

Lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, given at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on 28 April 2006.

Francois-Marius Granet, 1807
Francois-Marius Granet, 1807
Francois-Marius Granet, 1807

Ingres in Paris

by Andrew Sayers AM

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was one of the greatest portrait painters in history.

Leigh Bowery in Fur Coat, c. 1983  (printed 2005) David Gwinnutt
Leigh Bowery in Fur Coat, c. 1983  (printed 2005) David Gwinnutt
Leigh Bowery in Fur Coat, c. 1983  (printed 2005) David Gwinnutt

Hyperversity

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the larger-than-life Australian performance artist, Leigh Bowery.

Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Aussies All

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Rennie Ellis photographs the self-proclaimed 'Witch of Kings Cross'.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006

The painter and the princess

by Michael Desmond

Michael Desmond interviews Ralph Heimans about his portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Inspiration + Realisation: Jude Rae

by Justin Paton

Justin Paton explores the latest exhibition of Jude Rae's portrait paintings. 

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Inspiration + Realisation: John Singer Sargent

by Katherine Russell

Katherine Russell examines the art of Australian artist Paul Newton, referencing the portraiture of John Singer Sargent.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Inspiration + Realisation: Peter Wegner

by Katherine Russell

Peter Wegner's approach to portraiture could be considered a visual record of the rapport, the dynamic space between artist and subject.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

9 lives of Karin Catt

by Simon Elliott

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan
Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan
Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Self Creation

by Andrew Sayers AM

Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers recalls meeting iconic Australian artist Sidney Nolan.