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Robbie McEwen
, 2008

by Matthys Gerber

oil on canvas (support: 135.7 cm x 136.0 cm)

Robbie McEwen (b. 1972) raced BMX during the 1980s and was an Australian Junior Champion before switching to road racing, aged eighteen, in 1990. He represented Australia at the 1994 World Championships and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and in 1997 rode the Tour De France for the first time. He had the first of a total of twelve Tour stage wins in 1999, and in 2002 became the first Australian both to wear and win the sprinter’s green jersey. The Tour’s sprint champion again in 2004 and 2006, among McEwen’s other career highlights are a total of twelve individual stage wins in the Giro d’Italias of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007; selection in the Australian Olympic teams for Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004), and firsts in the Australian National Road Race Championships of 2002 and 2005. Australian Cyclist of the Year for 2002 and twice Male Road Cyclist of the Year (1999 and 2002), McEwen retired from professional cycling in 2012.

Matthÿs Gerber (b. 1956) was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Australia since 1972. Drawing on the modes of representation used throughout the history of European painting, he has produced a diverse body of work ranging from representational landscapes to abstraction. Gerber is a senior lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned 2008
Accession number: 2008.110.3