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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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Matcham Skipper

1963
Mark Strizic

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 26.5 cm x 34.8 cm)

Matcham Skipper (1921-2011) was born in Melbourne, and studied at the Victorian artists' colony Monsalvat under the tutelage of its founder, the artist and philosopher Justus Jorgensen. Matcham Skipper was known for his proficiency in a variety of arts, including film-making, metalwork, jewellery-making, silversmithing, and clay modelling. teaching the two latter disciplines at Monsalvat. His wrought-iron screens can be seen at the front entrance to the Australian National University's H. C. Coombs building.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003
© Estate of Mark Strizic

Artist and subject

Mark Strizic (age 35 in 1963)

Matcham Skipper (age 42 in 1963)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Supported by

Basil P. Bressler (48 portraits supported)

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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.

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2017

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin

Poet of the Fleeting Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

Mark Strizic's work crosses a broad spectrum of photographic fields including urban, industrial, commercial, and architectural photography. 

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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.

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