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Portrait 58

Summer 2017-18

The Artist's Mother, 2012 by Sally Robinson
The Artist's Mother, 2012 by Sally Robinson
The Artist's Mother, 2012 by Sally Robinson

Observation point

by Sally Robinson

Every face is different and every face is fascinating, but I find an elderly one particularly intriguing.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding
David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding
David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Through thick and thin

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Sarah Engledow likes the manifold mediums of Nicholas Harding’s portraiture.

Simone Young
Simone Young
Simone Young

Conduct becoming

by Penelope Grist

Penelope Grist speaks to Bill Henson and Simone Young to discover the origins of the artist’s stunning photographic triptych.

Self-portrait with bowler hat, 1885–6 by Paul Cézanne
Self-portrait with bowler hat, 1885–6 by Paul Cézanne
Self-portrait with bowler hat, 1885–6 by Paul Cézanne

Hail Cézanne

by John Elderfield

John Elderfield lauds the portraiture of Paul Cézanne, the artist described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’.

Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell
Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell
Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell

The alchemist’s profile

by John Zubrzycki

John Zubrzycki meets Australian paint pioneer Jim Cobb.

Lottie Lyell as Doreen by Monte Luke
Lottie Lyell as Doreen by Monte Luke
Lottie Lyell as Doreen by Monte Luke

Their brilliant careers

by Jenny Gall

Jenny Gall delves into Starstruck to celebrate some of Australian cinema’s iconic women.

Chance meeting, 1940-41 by Martin Lewis
Chance meeting, 1940-41 by Martin Lewis
Chance meeting, 1940-41 by Martin Lewis

Nocturnal animals

by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour explores the enticing urban shadows cast by artists Martin Lewis and Edward Hopper.

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

by Gael Newton

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy
Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy
Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy

Drawing inspiration

by Dr Christopher Chapman

Christopher Chapman absorbs the gentle touch of Don Bachardy’s portraiture.

Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone
Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone
Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone

Of beef in burgundy

by Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble reveals the complex technical mastery behind a striking recent acquisition, Henry Bone’s enamel portrait of William Manning.

Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim
Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim
Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim

Hump days

by Jessica Bolton

Jessica Bolton navigates the parallel tracks documenting Robyn Davidson’s astonishing journey.

Feminist Fan#1 (PUSSY: Casey at the Melbourne Pussy Riot Protest, 2012) 2015 by Kate Just
Feminist Fan#1 (PUSSY: Casey at the Melbourne Pussy Riot Protest, 2012) 2015 by Kate Just
Feminist Fan#1 (PUSSY: Casey at the Melbourne Pussy Riot Protest, 2012) 2015 by Kate Just

Heroine knits

by Sophia Cai

‘Dear Kate Just – I’m your feminist fan’. Interview by Sophia Cai.

Installing David Walsh
Installing David Walsh
Installing David Walsh

On the road again

by Dr Deborah Hill

Deborah Hill talks figures with character, as the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibitions program welcomes its millionth visitor.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Dr G Yunupingu

Dr G Yunupingu (1970-2017), a man of the Gumatj clan of north-east Arnhem Land, learned to play guitar, keyboard, drums and didgeridoo as a child.

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