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Portrait 49

Winter 2015

This issue features Jude Rae, Arthur Boyd, Darren McDonald, John Singer Sargent, Tom Wills the 'inventor' of Australian Rules Football and more. Portrait 49 is also available on issuu.com

Self Portrait (the year my husband left), 2008 by Jude Rae
Self Portrait (the year my husband left), 2008 by Jude Rae
Self Portrait (the year my husband left), 2008 by Jude Rae

Observation point

by Jude Rae

Portraits take many forms, from official statements of power and status to deeply personal testaments of affection and insight.

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Sarah Engledow ponders the divergent legacies of Messrs Kendall and Lawson.

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Country man

by Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble’s tribute to the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.

Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

by Patrick McCaughey

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 by Napier Waller
Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 by Napier Waller
Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 by Napier Waller

Enigma

by Grace Carroll

Grace Carroll contemplates the curious case of Christian Waller.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald
Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald
Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

by Penny Grist

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

Jaynie Anderson, 1962 Reshid Bey
Jaynie Anderson, 1962 Reshid Bey
Jaynie Anderson, 1962 Reshid Bey

Sitter still

by Jaynie Anderson

Jaynie Anderson reflects on her experience as sitter for Reshid Bey’s 1962 portrait.

Self portrait, 1786 by John Kay
Self portrait, 1786 by John Kay
Self portrait, 1786 by John Kay

Alternative virtue

by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour presents John Kay’s portraits of a more infamous side of Edinburgh.

Self-portrait, 1973 by Noel Counihan
Self-portrait, 1973 by Noel Counihan
Self-portrait, 1973 by Noel Counihan

Of jumpers and river gums, red

by Diana O'Neil

Diana O’Neil on Noel Counihan’s vivid 1971 portrait of Alan Marshall.

Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock
Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock
Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock

Secure the shadow ere the substance fade

by Joanna Gilmour

The tragic tale of Tom Wills, the ‘inventor’ of Australian Rules Football.

Acacius (Stigmata) - portrait of Tony Carden, 1991 AñA Wojak
Acacius (Stigmata) - portrait of Tony Carden, 1991 AñA Wojak
Acacius (Stigmata) - portrait of Tony Carden, 1991 AñA Wojak

Stigma stigmata

by Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble provides poignant context for Aña Wojak’s portrait of Tony Carden.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent

A feast of friends

by Richard Ormond

John Singer Sargent: a painter at the vanguard of contemporary movements in music, literature and theatre.

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Tribute

Betty Churcher

Betty Churcher AO (1931–2015), gallery director, author, painter and lecturer, was educated in Brisbane before studying art in London.

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