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Self portrait with pin-up, 1965

Richard Larter

synthetic polymer paint and alkyd resin on composition board (frame: 124.7 cm x 79.4 cm, sight: 121.0 cm x 75.6 cm)

Richard Larter (1929 - 2014), artist, studied art in London and travelled to Algiers before migrating to Australia with his family in 1962. He was soon characterised as an Australian Pop artist for his flat, collage-like paintings, which incorporated brightly coloured painted heads of celebrities, sex symbols, dictators, politicians and porn stars, often represented by his late wife, the performance artist Pat Larter. Larter has also made a significant body of geometric, ethereal and glittery abstract paintings, elements of which have often filled the backgrounds of the figurative works. This painting, featuring an intricate hypodermic syringe technique originally inspired by Arabic calligraphy, contains many of the elements characteristic of Larter's figurative and abstract work.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002
© Richard Larter/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2002.44

Currently on display: Gallery Five (John Schaeffer Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Richard Larter (age 36 in 1965)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Related information

The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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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.

Pat and Richard Larter, Luddenham, 1970s
Pat and Richard Larter, Luddenham, 1970s
Pat and Richard Larter, Luddenham, 1970s
Pat and Richard Larter, Luddenham, 1970s

Pin-ups

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Christopher Chapman describes the art and life of Australian artist Richard Larter.

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

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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.