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Self portrait

2004
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
Gift of the artist 2005
© Peter Russell-Clarke

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Artist and subject

Peter Russell-Clarke (age 69 in 2004)

Subject professions

Food and cooking

Donated by

Peter Russell-Clarke (1 portrait)

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Masters of Fare

Chefs, winemakers, providores

Previous exhibition, 2004

Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores celebrates men and women who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia, enriching our lives with new ideas and new flavours over the past forty years.

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