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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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Fred Williams, Upwey, Victoria, 1963 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph on paper

Fred Williams OBE (1927-1982), painter and etcher, grew up in Melbourne, leaving school at fourteen to commence an apprenticeship and study at the National Gallery School. His unique landscape vision emerged in the late 1950s, after his return to Melbourne from a period of study and work in London. In 1963, he signed with the Sydney dealer Rudy Komon, who paid him a retainer of £80 per month, enabling him to stop working at a framing shop and buy a house on two acres of land at Upwey in the Dandenong ranges. There, he would paint out of doors, bring his canvases home and hang them in the house, to consider and refine them over time. Over the 1960s his paintings were to become increasingly minimal, reaching their austere extreme at the end of the decade. Easily mistaken for the side of a tent, the canvas in this picture is Sapling forest 1962, one of a series of ravishing landscapes Williams made at Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenongs, habitat of the tall mountain ash. The work is now in the Huntington collection at the University of Texas, Austin.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001
© Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore
http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/

Accession number: 2001.137

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 36 in 1963)

Fred Williams (age 36 in 1963)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

David Moore (79 portraits)

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The Companion

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore

A Captured Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2001

The acquisition of David Moore's archive of portrait photographs for the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Open Air

Portraits in the Landscape

Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

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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.