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Self portrait
, 2004

by Peter Russell-Clarke

synthetic polymer paint on cardboard (support: 25.0 cm x 24.0 cm)

Peter Russell-Clarke started his career as a freelance cartoonist, working for the top advertising agencies in Australia and overseas. He was later employed as a food consultant and wrote for New Idea, Woman's Day and various other magazines, as well as producing his own cookbooks. Throughout his career Russell-Clarke has prepared meals by invitation for Governors and Premiers as well as cooking a Silver Jubilee dinner for Prince Charles. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Russell-Clarke became the first Australian television 'Celebrity Chef' with his program 'Come and Get It'. Televised in the early evenings as families were sitting down to dinner, the catchy theme song and simple, health conscious recipes became synonymous with the development of a uniquely Australian approach to cooking. Since retirement he has focused on his love of painting.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2005
Accession number: 2005.56