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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.

Pat Painting No 1, 1983

Richard Larter

synthetic polymer paint on canvas (support: 179 cm x 125 cm)

Patricia Larter (1936–1996) was born in the UK and arrived in Australia with her artist husband Richard Larter in 1962. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s she collaborated with Larter on a series of experimental and innovative audio, film and video art works. In the 1970s she created several performance works, and established the performance troupe, Maholy Utzon Ragaistic Band. Pat Larter was the subject of many of her husband’s paintings; in this one, she poses in front of an earlier Larter painting. Richard Larter’s work was the subject of a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia in 2008. Pat also worked as a painter, and she had many solo exhibitions throughout the 1990s.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008
© Richard Larter/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2008.44

Currently on display: Gallery Five (John Schaeffer Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Richard Larter (age 54 in 1983)

Pat Larter (age 47 in 1983)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

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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.