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Peter Carey in Kelly country
, 2000

by Bruce Armstrong

synthetic polymer paint on board (frame: 172.1 cm x 126.2 cm, support: 167.0 x 121.3)

Peter Carey (b.1943), author, has twice won the Booker Prize, one of the world's major literary awards. Before becoming a full-time author Carey worked in advertising, accelerating the success of the Australian wine industry with the slogan 'You make us smile, Dr Lindeman'. His first novel, Bliss (1985), was made into a feature film, now regarded as a turning point in Australian cinema. He was nominated for the Booker Prize for his second novel, Illywhacker (1985), but first bagged it with Oscar and Lucinda (1988), an idiosyncratic romance. It, in turn, was released as a feature film directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Cate Blanchett. With the magnificent True History of the Kelly Gang (2000), Carey became only the second writer (after JM Coetzee) to scoop the Booker Prize twice. Amongst his other prizes are three Miles Franklin Awards and four Age Book of the Year Awards. His recent works include the travel memoir Wrong About Japan (2005) and Theft: A Love Story (2006). For some time Carey has lived in New York, where he has taught creative writing at Princeton and Columbia Universities.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001
Accession number: 2001.18