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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.

Kasey Chambers, Sydney, 2004

John Elliott

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 50.5 cm x 63.0 cm, image: 33.2 cm x 50.5 cm)

Kasey Chambers (b. 1976), singer songwriter, spent much of her early childhood on the Nullarbor Plain, where her parents hunted foxes and rabbits in between playing music at country pubs. By the time she was nine, she was joining her family on stage. In 1992 they became full-time musicians. Their Dead Ringer Band released three albums between 1995 and 1998, winning 7 Golden Guitars and two ARIA awards. Kasey launched her solo career in 1999 with The Captain, a country album that became a huge crossover success. At the 2000 ARIAs she became the first country performer to win the Best Female Artist award. In 2002 her album Barricades & Brickwalls, yielding the number 1 single 'Not Pretty Enough', went quadruple-platinum. That year she took home her second ARIA as Best Female Artist. At the 2004 ARIAs she received the honour for the 3rd time, as well as scoring the Best Country Album award for Wayward Angel (2004).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
© John Elliott

Accession number: 2005.40

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

John Elliott (age 53 in 2004)

Kasey Chambers (age 28 in 2004)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

John Elliott (19 portraits)

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The Companion

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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.

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Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

John Elliott talks about his photographic portrait practice, including his iconic image of Slim Dusty arm-in-arm with Dame Edna Everage.

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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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Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

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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.