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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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Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo, 1994

Juno Gemes

gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper (sheet: 60.8 cm x 51.0 cm, image: 44.2 cm x 29.1 cm)

Ernie Dingo AM (b. 1956), television presenter and actor, is a Yamatji man. Dingo was born at Bullardoo Station and spent his teenage years in Geraldton, Western Australia, excelling in long-distance running and basketball. After making his stage acting debut in Perth, in 1978 he joined the Middar Dance Theatre; the following year he went to Victoria, where he spent several years as an Aboriginal Culture Officer. His first leading role came in 1987 when he played Robert Tudawali in the SBS telemovie Tudawali, for which he received a nomination for best actor in the 1987 Australian Film Industry Awards. International recognition came to him with his small part in Crocodile Dundee II in 1988. Subsequently he appeared in The Cowra Breakout, The Fringe Dwellers, Fast Forward, Bran Nue Dae and Mr Electric. Juno Gemes photographed him on the set of the television production Heartland with his co-star Cate Blanchett, who had graduated from NIDA two years before. A presenter on the long-running television travel program The Great Outdoors from 1993, Dingo is now one of Australia’s most popular television identities and is a designated Living National Treasure.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Accession number: 2004.48

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Juno Gemes (age 50 in 1994)

Cate Blanchett (age 25 in 1994)

Ernie Dingo (age 38 in 1994)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

The transparent mask

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

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Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes

Portrait of Cate Blanchett

by David Rosetzky

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David Rosetzky and Cate Blanchett talk about the creation of their video portrait.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky
Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

Being Cate

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

A moving portrait of Cate Blanchett unfolds as an inspired pairing of medium and subject.

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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.