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Angry Anderson, 2006

Sally Robinson

synthetic polymer paint on canvas (support: 152.5 cm x 122.0 cm)

Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson AM (b. 1947) is an Australian rock singer and television presenter. In 1976, Anderson joined the band Rose Tattoo, who gained a solid following on the pub circuit before releasing their first album in late 1978. Incorporating the hit single ‘Bad Boy for Love’, Rose Tattoo remains one of the classic Australian rock albums. It reached number one on the UK heavy metal charts, as did its followup, Assault and Battery. The Tatts were a major influence on American heavy-metal band Guns N’ Roses, who insisted that the band re-form in 1993 to support them on their Sydney and Melbourne gigs; Angry and Guns N’ Roses frontman Slash appeared together again in Australia in 2010. Rose Tattoo disbanded in 1987; that year, Anderson’s solo hit ‘Suddenly’ was used as the backing track for Charlene’s and Scott’s wedding on Neighbours. Having already appeared in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Anderson took on further dramatic roles, notably that of Herod in the arena spectacular Jesus Christ Superstar (1992). Since the 1980s, he has been an outspoken social commentator, appearing regularly on A Current Affair, for example. The one-time face of Australian prostate cancer research, in the leadup to the Federal election in 2016 he sought a Senate seat, saying ‘We have strict quarantine laws and it should be the same when it comes to cultures that do not want to integrate . . . If you come here, you should behave yourself – it’s as simple as that.’

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010
© Sally Robinson

Accession number: 2010.68

Currently on display: Gallery Three (Robert Oatley Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Sally Robinson (age 54 in 2006)

Angry Anderson (age 59 in 2006)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Sally Robinson (2 portraits)

Related portraits

1. Glenn McGrath, 2003. 2. Tim Winton, 2019. All Sally Robinson.

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Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson
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Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

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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.