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Portrait 66

Summer 2021/22

Style Over Substance 2020 (still), 2020 The Huxleys
Style Over Substance 2020 (still), 2020 The Huxleys
Style Over Substance 2020 (still), 2020 The Huxleys

Observation point

by The Huxleys

Growing up feeling isolated, ostracised and ornate in the heated homogeny of the suburbs of Perth and the Gold Coast we often longed and dreamed for an escape.

Ellie Cole
Ellie Cole
Ellie Cole

Portrait Story

by Ellie Cole OAM

For me, swimming was particularly special because it was the only sport that I could participate in as a kid where I could take my prosthetic leg off, jump in the water, and I could be the same as all the other kids.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Take thy face hence

by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour travels through time to explore the National Portrait Gallery London’s masterpieces in Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Blue light hypnosis, 2020 Jill Velinos
Blue light hypnosis, 2020 Jill Velinos
Blue light hypnosis, 2020 Jill Velinos

Virtually yours

by Gillian Raymond

Gill Raymond on creating thought-provoking, interactive content to connect to our online community through portraiture.

Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley

Women make history

by Jennifer Higgie

Jennifer Higgie uncovers the intriguing stories behind portraits of women by women in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists
Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists
Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists

Unboxed

by Sandra Bruce

Sandra Bruce explores a new acquisition that has within it a story of interconnectivities in the Australian art world.

Introversion from High Jinks in the Hydrangeas, 2020 Tamara Dean
Introversion from High Jinks in the Hydrangeas, 2020 Tamara Dean
Introversion from High Jinks in the Hydrangeas, 2020 Tamara Dean

In our nature

by Tara James

Tara James chats with award-winning artist Tamara Dean about portraiture prizes, the environment and the strength of women.

Beau Dean Riley Smith, Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay nations, Bennelong, 2017
Beau Dean Riley Smith, Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay nations, Bennelong, 2017
Beau Dean Riley Smith, Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay nations, Bennelong, 2017

Space in between

by Rebecca Ray

Rebecca Ray goes backstage with Bangarra’s Head of Design and photographer Jacob Nash.

Layla 2020 Veronica Watson, pencil on paper. Layla 2020 Sarah McEwan, fabric, acrylic on MDF. Self portrait 2020 Layla Bacayo, drypoint on paper. Image: Sarah McEwan
Layla 2020 Veronica Watson, pencil on paper. Layla 2020 Sarah McEwan, fabric, acrylic on MDF. Self portrait 2020 Layla Bacayo, drypoint on paper. Image: Sarah McEwan
Layla 2020 Veronica Watson, pencil on paper. Layla 2020 Sarah McEwan, fabric, acrylic on MDF. Self portrait 2020 Layla Bacayo, drypoint on paper. Image: Sarah McEwan

Mash-up

by Penelope Grist

Penelope Grist delves into an insightful portraiture exhibition that asks: How do three artists see the same sitter?

Lyndall Hobbs and Marilyn at the Come as your favourite blonde party, Blitz Club, London, 1979 Robert Rosen
Lyndall Hobbs and Marilyn at the Come as your favourite blonde party, Blitz Club, London, 1979 Robert Rosen
Lyndall Hobbs and Marilyn at the Come as your favourite blonde party, Blitz Club, London, 1979 Robert Rosen

Shiny, happy people

by Glynis Jones

Glynis Jones on the Powerhouse’s retrospective of one of Australia’s foremost fashion reportage and social photographers.

Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

The story of us

by Penelope Grist

Gallery directors Karen Quinlan and Tony Ellwood talk to Penelope Grist about the NPG and NGV collaborative exhibition, Who Are You: Australian Portraiture.