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John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967

Mark Strizic

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 60.0 cm x 50.0 cm, image: 40.5 cm x 40.5 cm)

John Perceval (1923-2000), painter and ceramicist, helped Arthur Boyd to re-establish the Murrumbeena family pottery during the 1940s. Through this dynamic association, Perceval became the youngest member of the Angry Penguins, an avant-garde circle of Melbourne painters. Perceval's painting is characterised by an exuberant use of colour and vigorous application of paint.

The Perceval painting shown in this photograph transposes and manipulates the nightmarish Christ Carrying the Cross by the 15th-16th century painter Hieronymus Bosch.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.71

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Mark Strizic (age 39 in 1967)

John Perceval AO (age 44 in 1967)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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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.