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Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006

Robin Sellick

type C photograph on paper (frame: 123.5 cm x 107.0 cm depth 5.0 cm, image: 117.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Adam Scott (b. 1980), golfer, won his first European title in 2001, his first full year as a professional. Adelaide-born and educated in Queensland, Scott had been urged to try his luck on the European tour by his hero Greg Norman, as well as his coach Butch Harmon. After two further European titles in 2002 he turned to the lucrative US PGA tour, where he scored his first tournament victory in 2003. In 2004 he won the Players Championship, golf’s so-called ‘fifth major’. In 2005 he reached golf’s top ten for the first time; and by January 2007, having finished equal third in the 2006 US PGA Championship, he was ranked number three in the world. Over the next several years, Scott won international tournaments including the Qatar Masters (2008), Australian Open (2009), Singapore Open (2010) and the Australian PGA Championship (2013); and was runner-up in the British Open of 2012. Having finished inside the tournament top ten two years running, in April 2013 he triumphed at the US Masters, becoming the first Australian to win the title. Between May and August 2014, he was the world’s number one ranked male golfer, the second Australian to hold that title. With 29 professional tournament wins under his belt, Scott is a regular model for the giant Japanese fashion store Uniqlo and sported pleated pants at Augusta in 2019.

Robin Sellick, photographer, grew up in Broken Hill, but made his way to New York in the 1990s and worked as an assistant to leading photographers including Annie Leibovitz and Mark Seliger. In 1994 he returned to Sydney. His creative use of light is a trademark of his work.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006
© Robin Sellick

Accession number: 2006.27

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Artist and subject

Robin Sellick (age 39 in 2006)

Adam Scott (age 26 in 2006)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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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.

Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute

Adam Scott by Robin Sellick

Portrait story

An interview with photographer Robin Sellick about his portrait of golfing champion Adam Scott.

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

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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.