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Self portrait in green hues, c. 1962

Roland Wakelin

oil on composition board (frame: 68.0 cm x 55.3 cm, support: 56.0 cm x 43.5 cm)

Roland Wakelin (1887-1971) was born in New Zealand and studied at the RAS school in Sydney under Dattilo Rubbo from 1912 to 1914. In 1917 he joined the advertising firm of Smith and Julius, where he worked alongside de Maistre, Rees, Leason and others. At the RAS he had seen prints of modern French paintings and had fallen under the spell of Cézanne. After travel in London and Paris, he returned to Sydney and joined the Contemporary Group. Becoming a leading figure in the Sydney modernist movement, he held annual exhibitions from 1936 at the Macquarie Galleries. The National Gallery and state and regional galleries hold many of Wakelin's serene, cubist-inspired works, and four years before he died he was honoured by a major retrospective show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This is one of a number of restrained self-portraits painted over the course of his career.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Philip Bacon AM 2001
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Estate of Roland Wakelin

Accession number: 2001.191

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Artist and subject

Roland Wakelin (age 75 in 1962)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Philip Bacon AM (3 portraits)

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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.