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Susan Norrie, 1990

Anne Zahalka

direct positive colour photograph

Susan Norrie (b. 1953), artist, trained at the National Art School and the Victorian College of the Arts before holding her first solo exhibition in Sydney in 1980. Through the 1980s she continued to exhibit while holding residencies at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Sydney. Since her first overseas artist-in-residency in New York in 1990 she has held regular one-person shows at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery there. She has exhibited solo elsewhere in the USA, and in Finland, New Zealand and France, in addition to showing in many group and solo shows around Australia. Working in multifarious media, in the late 1990s she made a series of paintings and photographs representing fabric that were said to pose questions about making art and the conceptual concerns of painting; about contemplative space; and about the history and conditions of art. Her ambitious video installation Undertow was shown at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2003. Her work is held by many Australian galleries.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2003.13.8

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Anne Zahalka (age 33 in 1990)

Susan Norrie (age 37 in 1990)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Leo Christie (10 portraits)

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The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987
The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987
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The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987

Hall of mirrors

Magazine article by Naomi Cass, 2007

Naomi Cass, Director of the Centre of Contemporary Photography, in conversation with Anne Zahalka.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

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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.