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Patrick Corrigan, 2006

Paul Newton

oil on canvas (frame: 186.0 cm x 145.0 cm, support: 183.0 cm x 142.5 cm)

Patrick Corrigan AM (b. 1932), freight entrepreneur and arts benefactor, came to Australia in 1945, having spent four years with his English mother in a Hong Kong prison camp. In 1967, with a loan of $1 000, he established Corrigan’s Express with his mother as his office secretary. From there, he went on to become the head of several international freight companies. Corrigan had had a collector’s instinct since childhood; through freighting books he became interested in book collecting, and over time he built a significant library of books, journals and letters relating to Australian art and artists. At the same time, he built up an art collection. Most of the objects he amassed have now been sold or given to public institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Gold Coast Regional Gallery and the State Library of Queensland. He has donated or facilitated the acquisition of 130 works for the National Portrait Gallery, including more than 100 photographs of Australian artists by Greg Weight.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2007
© Paul Newton

Accession number: 2007.23

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Artist and subject

Paul Newton (age 45 in 2006)

Patrick Corrigan AM (age 74 in 2006)

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Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

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The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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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 Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes
Interview with Paul Newton video: 2 minutes

David Campese by Paul Newton

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An interview with Paul Newton, the creator of the portrait of rugby legend David Campese.

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Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton
David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Inspiration + Realisation: John Singer Sargent

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Katherine Russell examines the art of Australian artist Paul Newton, referencing the portraiture of John Singer Sargent.

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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.