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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.

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Jenny Sages - artist, 2012

by Gary Grealy

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Finalist

Jenny Sages is an artist of exceptional skill and talent. Her portraits have been exhibited in the Archibald Prize no less than 20 times. I saw a documentary on Jenny titled ‘Paths to Portraiture’, and I was taken by the tactile nature of Jenny’s practice; her hands seemed to caress the canvas. This drew me to make contact and request the opportunity to make a portrait. She was vibrant and generous, full of life and encouragement – it was a complete delight.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Other NPPP photos from Gary Grealy

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
NPPP 2017 Winner
Brian and Gene Sherman, 2009 Gary Grealy
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Edmund Capon, 2011 Gary Grealy
NPPP 2012 Finalist
McLean Edwards, 2006 by Gary Grealy
NPPP 2007 Finalist

Related information

Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes

Kate Grenville

'Making Stories'

Portrait story

Australian writer Kate Grenville discusses her career and portrait by Jenny Sages.

Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000

Paths to portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

The life and art of Australian artist Jenny Sages is on display in the exhibition Paths to Portraiture.

Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton), 2007 Jenny Sages

Handing on the baton

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the life of ballerina Irina Baranova through the portrait by Australian artist Jenny Sages.

True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages
True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages

True Stories

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

The story behind the creation of the portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages.

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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.